Holst The Planets - Mehta - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at RTI
Only 2,500 Limited Edition Copies Worldwide/Housed in Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets
conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
for this audiophile recording of Holst's The Planets
. Mastered from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman
and pressed at RTI
, this sonically phenomenal reading of the legendary seven-movement orchestral suite is presented here in all its glory on limited edition 180g 45RPM 2LP
"The scoring of the Planets is rich and extravagant (quadruple wood-wind, enormous brass and a percussion section requiring three players, not to mention such exotic additions as bass flute, bass tuba and organ) and yet the sound is always clear and transparent. There are two other ingredients to add to this formula, melodic invention and a great sense of rhythm. Holst had these in plenty. If his methods seemed novel during his life-time they have become commonplace since, but never dull.
'The suite opens with Mars, the Bringer of War with its relentless, hammering five four rhythm. The movement is in simple ternary form. Brass dominates in the tremendous build-up and release of forces.
'Venus, the Bringer of Peace is also the goddess of love and Holst allows his music more sensuality than elsewhere. Gone are the harsh pounding rhythm and snarling brass. They are replaced by serenity and coolness.
'Mercury, the Winged Messenger is a symphonic scherzo of unparalleled lightness and volatility. The effect is obtained by mixing tonalities and time signatures. The distant keys of B flat and E are juxtaposed and there is a constant mixture of triple and duple time.
'Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity comes as a contrast to the vapid Mercury, with its boisterous dances and broad hymn tune. The king of gods would surely have been pleased with such a regal anthem.
'Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age is Holst at his deepest and most intensely personal. It is an excursion into cold and dreary open spaces so often explored right up to the end of his life. The syncopated oscillations between two dissonant chords seem to be borrowed from Schoenberg while the slow melody of the double basses surely epitomizes senescence itself.
'Uranus, the Magician: Trumpets and trombones blare out a portentous invocation, echoed by tubas and timpani. Bassoons are next on the scene to establish the piece's galumphing 6/4 gate.
"Neptune, the Mystic: This is real music of the stars, free from all earthly sentiment. It is a vision of remote beauty and ideal perfection. Silvery sounds unfold yet without the remotest suggestion of a theme to disturb the spiritual concentration. There is constant shifting of harmony and changing tone colour.
"The icy tinkling of celesta and glockenspiel and the wordless, disembodied female chorus which floats over and around the closing pages were later (some 35 years later) to find their way into Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica. There is, and can be, no end to this music, it fades away but cannot die: it is as infinite as space itself and as intangible as the most distant parts of the subconscious." - album liner notes
- Gustav Holst (composer)
- Zubin Mehta (conductor)
- The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Holst The Planets - Mehta - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Track Listing:
1. I. Mars, the Bringer of War - Allegro
2. II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace - Adagio
3. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - Vivace
4. IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Allegro giocoso
1. V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - Adagio
2. VI. Uranus, the Magician - Allegro
3. VII. Neptune, the Mystic - Andante