[ Chandos Intro / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 1 August 2006
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'In every respect this latest Holst anthology from Chandos will be hard to beat. The recording is superb - very real indeed…' The Penguin Complete Guide
The early 20th-century British composer, Gustav Holst was deeply influenced by England's countryside and folksong, and adopted a consciously nationalist style in his music. The Planets is full of high voltage writing, with an acute feeling for atmospheric colour. Scored for a very large orchestra it is joyful, magnetic and powerful and a brilliant introduction to Holst.
Three of Holst's most famous works are gathered on one bargain CD.
Gibson's performances of The Planets was a famous demonstration CD on its initial release, being both the first digital recording of this work and the first available on CD. It remains sonically spectacular.
1 Mars - The Bringer of War 7:23
2 Venus - The Bringer of Peace 8:58
3 Mercury - The Winged Messenger 4:11
4 Jupiter - The Bringer of Jollity 7:29
5 Saturn - The Bringer of Old Age 10:03
6 Uranus - The Magician 6:02
7 Neptune - The Mystic 8:07
Brook Green Suite
St Paul's Suite, Op. 29 No. 2