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Holst: The Planets
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




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



Holst: The Planets - Mars

Martin Kendrick

“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.”

International Record Review

    Martin Kendrick

    “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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