Few composers have achieved such success with a single work as Holst with The Planets. Each movement expresses the planet’s supposed astrological character, and the colourful orchestration and memorable melodies ensured its immediate and ongoing popularity. It’s hard to believe now that it was a groundbreaking work – a huge, multi-movement piece that finally fades into ethereal silence as wordless voices disappear into outer space. This rousing performance was conducted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski.
£6.99 1 Audio CD
GUSTAV HOLST The Planets Suite
GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE EDITOR'S CHOICE, November 2010 "This is not only a very exciting Planets, it's also a most interesting one"
"Thoroughly recommended" The Guardian
"Brisk tempos and a brilliant, brassy sound" The Telegraph
Vladimir Jurowski introduces his interpretation of Holst's Planets.
1. Mars, the Bringer of War 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age 6. Uranus, the Magician 7. Neptune, the Mystic
VLADIMIR JUROWSKI conductor LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and CHOIR
Listen to the complete Uranus and other excerpts below: