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HOLST: Planets


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A very special release on Naxos Historical, featuring two of England's great composers of the twentieth century conducting their own masterpieces.

Although neither composer could claim to be a natural born conductor, these landmark recordings of Holst's 'The Planets' and Vaughan Williams's 'Symphony No. 4' offer undimmed and thrilling recorded testaments. Holst's way with 'The Planets' is notably direct and swift of tempo. The resulting freshness and energy, together with a refusal to linger or indulge the music, are striking by comparison with many slower, present day performances.

One of only a handful of commercial recordings with Vaughan Williams at the helm, this galvanising 1937 performance of his 'Symphony No. 4' unleashes a visceral force unmatched by later recordings of the work, and an absolute must have for any collector.
Facts
Item number 8111048
Barcode 747313304820
Release date 01/07/2006
Category
Label Naxos Historical
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Composers Gustav Holst
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Vaughan Williams Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductors Gustav Holst
Orchestras BBC Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Producers Mark Obert-Thorn
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 4 in F minor
1 I. Mars, the Bringer of War
2 II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3 III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
4 IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
5 V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6 VI. Uranus, the Magician
7 VII. Neptune, the Mystic
8 2 Songs without Words, Op. 22: No. 2. Marching Son
9 I. Allegro
10 II. Andante moderato
11 III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
12 IV. Finale con epilogo fugato: Allegro molto
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