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Thread: Your Favorite of Holst's Planets (Poll & Discussion)

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    I love The Planets! This has been my standing for a while:

    1-2. Jupiter and Neptune (strangely not because of the popular part of Jupiter)
    3. Saturn
    4-6. Not sure
    7. Mars


    I think the red ones outclass the others. In my mind's eye, I would've switched the names of Jupiter and Mars. Jupiter Suite reminds me more of planet Mars, I think there's more adventure and 'bounce' on Mars, it's more habitable, whereas Jupiter is a big brooding storm.
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    Little to choose between them. I used to prefer Mars, Uranus and Saturn over Jupiter, Neptune and Venus (Mercury is a leftover).

    Now, it's a suite - I need to listen to them all for complete satisfaction.

    I was raised on Sargent/LSO (my brother's copy, then my own "stereo treated"). Bought the Boult/LSO in 1978 - too slow; then the Dutoit/Montreal (too quirky). I also have my recording off the TV of MacKerras/BBCSO from the Proms a while back, and Lloyd-Jones/Royal Scottish National - both OK. The Lloyd-Jones has the addition of Pluto the Renewer, composed by Colin Matthews. The clip below is allegedly by Rattle/BPO

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    I'd say Venus, especially in Karajan's old VPO recording, which is sensuous and erotic, as it should be. I also rather like Neptune.

    That said, though I listened to it loads when I was young, like a lot of popular works, I don't listen to it much these days. I should though. It's always good to visit old favourites, which usually justify their popularity when you hear them again.

    I only have the one recording now, which is Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It's an excellent performance, though nostalgia has me longing for the old Karajan slightly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    sounds like something composed by PDQ Bach

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    Jupiter has always been my best liked track.

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    I love the Album cover

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    My favorite Planets recordings are not necessarily ones I would recommend -- just those that have special meaning for me.


    1954, monophonic; 1965 reissue

    My first Planets. The orchestra is somewhat dimly recorded-- recessed might be the more polite term-- but then the planets sound appropriately far away. This also my favorite jacket cover, although the Horsehead Nebula is neither a planet nor an astrological sign.



    1966, stereo


    My second recording, and I liked both the interpretation and sound. Critics often dismiss the recording because of a trumpet "clam" in Mars; but I can't detect it and wouldn't care anyway.

    Note: All three EMI Boult recordings (1945, 1966, and 1978) are in this Warner Brothers box set:




    Finally, I did a quick "inventory" of The Planets in my collection for another thread and counted 58 individual recordings. However, the champion collector is the owner of the Peters' Planets website. His reviews are valuable although subject to challenge.

    https://petersplanets.wordpress.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by geralmar View Post

    Finally, I did a quick "inventory" of The Planets in my collection for another thread and counted 58 individual recordings. However, the champion collector is the owner of the Peters' Planets website. His reviews are valuable although subject to challenge.

    https://petersplanets.wordpress.com
    Peter hasn't been on here for a while. He does show up every now and again but he's gone missing for some time, now. I have PM'd him to no avail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Peter hasn't been on here for a while. He does show up every now and again but he's gone missing for some time, now. I have PM'd him to no avail.
    I'm surprised to read that. He is still active on another classical music website (which I'm not permitted to identify). His most recent post there was less than a week ago. I guess TC is not first in his priority sites.

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    Saturn is my overall favorite. A real sense of mysticism permeates the whole piece. Uranus is my second favorite with its wizardry, and the main melody is just catchy. I sometimes feel it like The Sorcerer's Apprentice on steroids.

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    Newly released. Available on Amazon or Presto. So new there are not even any user reviews yet. I have no ideas about it other than these reference recordings by the KC symphony are usually well recorded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    I have to revise my earlier appraisal. This one, 50 years old, is now the top of the heap for me. It was always a top-contender. The conducting and playing are phenomenal. But now we can really hear it. The Blu Ray Audio disk in this is set is sensational. If you have a good AV set up, you need to hear this. I've listened four times this week and it's just remarkable how detailed the recording is. The picture isn't too good, but it's William Steinberg with the Boston Symphony.
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    I have heard this one in its original cd release and my issue was recording quality. This sounds interesting although I wouldn't have means to play it.
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    Jupiter and Mars are fun to perform, but I think that over the years Venus, Saturn, and Neptune have been my favorites altogether. Those are the more "atmospheric" ones, no pun intended. They're really cool to be on stage when performing. I will never forget the really cool part of Saturn where nearly everything drops out and only the lowest instruments play the melody.
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    fun piece to play....some wonderful bassoon parts [Uranus]....it's also fascinating to play the alternative parts for the many extra instruments....the first bassoon part has many cross-cued parts for flute IV, alto flute, bass oboe, etc....
    i enjoy the Levine/CSO recording, and the Boult/NewPO recording as well...Boult's VSOO version is a mess.

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