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HOLST, G.: Planets (The) (arr. P. Sykes) (Albrecht)

Composer(s):Holst, Gustav
Artist(s) Albrecht, Hansjorg, organ
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue OC683
Label Oehms Classics
Quality   320kbps
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Review By John Miller,,July 2013

Hansjörk Albrecht, a splendid organist who has produced some superb SA-CDs for OEHMS…[used] two organs. St Nikolai church in Kiel has a large 48-rank Kleuker organ from 1965 and a 17-rank Aristide Cavaillé-Coll/Charles Mutin organ…the very ample resonant space of the church melds all the sounds into a sensational surround-sound experience.

Hearing these two organs in ‘The Planets’ is a quite a stunning musical and auditory experience. The huge dynamic range and range of instrumental colour is staggering. This transcription requires technical skills beyond the norm…


Review By John Sunier,Audiophile Audition,February 2012

This transcription by Peter Sykes and performance by organist Hansjörg Albrecht is a huge improvement, and may in fact be preferable to many listeners vs. the now-hackneyed Holst orchestral original…

The variety and diversity of Holst’s musical creations for seven of the planets seem to stand out more clearly in the organ arrangements than they did for full orchestra. It might even appeal to listeners who are normally averse to pipe organ. Albrecht’s interesting notes on each of the movements frequently make reference to works by other composers which have some similarity to the particular planet’s movement by Holst.


Review By Robert Benson,,February 2012

there is no question that the huge sound of an organ in a resonant church is mightily impressive. SACD surround sound places you right in the middle of the huge church. An intriguing issue! © 2012 Read complete review


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