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Holst: The Planets
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Britten: Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell Op.34
BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky never recorded Holst’s Planets. This Royal Festival Hall performance from 1980 is a freshly conceived interpretation which is both exciting and superbly played. The stereo recording has a spectacular dynamic range. The performance of Britten’s Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell was given on a Far East tour in Osaka, Japan one year later. Osaka’s Royal Festival Hall has a wonderful natural acoustic which invests each instrument with great clarity and warmth.

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GUSTAV HOLST 1874–1934

 

The Planets op.32

1 I Mars, the Bringer of War: Allegro                                                                        7.46

2 II Venus, the Bringer of Peace: Adagio                                                                                8.34

3 III Mercury, the Winged Messenger: Vivace                                                     3.50

4 IV Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity: Allegro giocoso – Andante maestoso  8.16

5 V Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age: Adagio                                                            9.05

6 VI Uranus, the Magician: Allegro                                                                            5.54

7 VII Neptune, the Mystic: Andante*                                                                     7.59

 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN 1913–1976

 

8 Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell op.34                                       16.32

   (The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra)

 

*Ladies of the BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY

 

Holst: The Planets - Mars

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Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“Britten's Young Person's Guide was taped at a BBC SO concert in Tokyo and it's even better - a most attractively characterized performance, played with wit, zest and imagination, and reaching a terrific climax in the closing fugue.”

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    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “Rozhdestvensky's 1980 rendition of The Planets as presented here is outstanding, and his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is nearly as good. This CD is a valuable souvenir of this conductor at his best.”

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