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Old 27th May 2021, 02:01 AM   #1
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Default What is Your Favorite Recording of The Planets?

Best for sound stage?
Best for dynamics?
Best Conductor?
Please share.

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Old 28th May 2021, 03:46 AM   #2
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I guess my favorite would be the Telarc version. Mostly because I'm used to it as I've had it for many years on vinyl. Dynamics or very good for vinyl. But while Previn is not generally my favorite conductor, because he sometimes goes too slow, he's pretty good with it here.
I also like the Reference Recordings disc with Micheal Stern because it's a 24 bit HDCD which really makes a difference. HDCD is an encoding process mostly developed by Keith Johnson whom I've been a fan of for years.
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Old 31st May 2021, 07:58 PM   #3
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I do remember the Telarc recording, but the other is new to me. Thanks!
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Old 31st May 2021, 09:40 PM   #4
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I find myself pulling the Mehta/LA on London out of the stack more often than any other version. It is an excellent recording
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Old 3rd June 2021, 01:56 AM   #5
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Thanks. I will look for it.
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Old 3rd June 2021, 03:59 AM   #6
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What is Your Favorite Recording of The Planets?
Great question. 'Just spent an hour sampling different versions on youtube. Of course the fidelity is variable to say the least but it's fascinating to hear the different takes on the score.

I stuck mainly to Mars as it's the first to come up in a full edition. Some turned it into a sweeping dance in a 40's romantic movie. Steinberg totally got the percussion only to let the orchestra skip over the tops of the waves in the rest of it..

A fun search also led to an interview with Rattle about von Karajan , and on and on.

My opinion is no single recording gets every one of the planets in a way I'd call right up there. You have to have something of the mood in you or you can't give a convincing rendition of it as a conductor and no one gets them all. For Mars, most are not warlike or militant enough I guess. (Their postures/gestures while conducting.say alot about that.) The huge youth orchestra at the 2016 Proms sure gave it some gusto though.

Mehta, Rattle, Boult, Dutoit , Haitink's is slow but crisp . . . . . . .
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Old 3rd June 2021, 06:42 PM   #7
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Forgot to put in Rattle's interview re: the planets. Interesting comment about Jupiter and an England that never was - Exactly what it sounds like.
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Old 3rd June 2021, 07:14 PM   #8
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What is Your Favorite Recording of The Planets?
For me Ozawa (Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1979, Decca) is more vivid, than Previn (RPO) version.
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Old 4th June 2021, 07:45 PM   #9
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I find Isao Tomita's synthesiser interpretation very interesting!

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Holst's relatives claimed that Tomita had manhandled their father's great composition and the record company withdrew some 30,000 records from the stores.

But not before I had bought the LP!
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Old 4th June 2021, 07:50 PM   #10
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I always wondered what is this fuzz about The Planets. Is it HiFi music?
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