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Holst The Planets Zubin Mehta LP 180 Gram Vinyl Los Angeles Philharmonic Decca Speakers Corner Pallas EU

Holst The Planets Zubin Mehta LP 180 Gram Vinyl Los Angeles Philharmonic Decca Speakers Corner Pallas EU Maximize
Artist: Zubin Mehta
Title: The Planets
Catalog Number: SXL 6529
Label: Decca
Reissued by: Speakers Corner
Barcode: 4260019710864
Original release year: 1971
Reissue year: 1998
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 326gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: August 29, 2017
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Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Master Chorale for this famous audiophile recording of Holst's The Planets. The scoring of The Planets is rich and extravagant, yet the sound is always clear and transparent. There are two other ingredients, melodic invention and a great sense of rhythm. Holst had these in plenty. Amazing performance and sound!

 

 

  • 100% Pure Analog Mastering
  • Audiophile 180 Grams Virgin Vinyl
  • Pressed at Pallas Germany

 

 

"Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (with the female voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale) for this audiophile recording of Holst's The Planets. "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.

"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."

Earth was not created in a day. And the same applies to Gustav Holst’s interplanetary symphony which took him about three years to write. The composer employs a massive orchestra and rich orchestral colouring to portray each planet in his musical psychogram.


Mars, the Bringer of War, rages with mechanical brutality, while Venus brings peace and an acceptance of life. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, darts here and there with quicksilver speed, while powerful and sovereign Jupiter brings jollity and reassurance. Saturn plods by with heavy tread, while Uranus with its contrasting changes in tempo remains enigmatic and extrovert. And because Pluto, the most distant planet had not yet been discovered, it is Neptune, the great unknown, which is lost in time and space in an endless ostinato of female voices.


Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present this astronomical journey with precision and exhilaration, leaving neither time nor space for astrological speculation. As always, the excellent DECCA recording quality guarantees an unimpeded view of this musical galaxy.


 

Musicians:

Los Angeles Master Chorale (D-2)
Dr. Roger Wagner, music director
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, conductor

Track Listing:

Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets - suite

I.  Mars, the Bringer of War - Allegro
II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace - Adagio
III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - Vivace
IV.  Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Allegro giocoso
V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - Adagio
VI.  Uranus, the Magician - Allegro
VII. Neptune, the Mystic - Andante


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