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post #31 of 69
Just to finish up on the Susskind Planets, the Ma Vlast on 2nd CD is pretty average and will not get any play time vs my current Ma Vlast collection, but the Planets is enough reason to get it.......price is dirt cheap.

Mackerras/Virgin
Another cheap 2CD set with Carmina Burana by David Hill on 2nd CD, the Planets is pretty good but not in the top tier of contenders for me. Very clear detailed sound but lacking in depth and emotion, the Mars for instance just sounds like fast march with no deep dark sinister under currents and the Jupiter doesn't give me the same emotional swell others can muster. The best planet for Mackerras is Uranus but by then I am ready to beam down from this voyage.

This is a borderline keep/sell for me currently. there are at least 6,7 versions ahead of this in my collection, for now it stays but on the bubble. Reference for me by slim margin remains Bernstein/Sony.
post #32 of 69
I have two different ones, my favorite is the Toronto Symphony with Andrew Davis.

The timing is faster paced which is more to my liking than some others I've heard.

The recording is a little on the flat side, though. But it's decent, very little noise.

-Ed
post #33 of 69
Just our of curiousity, what is everyones "planet"

I love the bombast and theme of Mars....

Scott

PS- Listing to Boult/LPO and Davis/BBC today
post #34 of 69
I second DA's rec of Gardiner for the Planets. Great performance, great recording.
post #35 of 69
So DA, we need an updated breakdown of your Planets recommends. Gardiner still your favorite overall?
post #36 of 69
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Originally Posted by scottder
So DA, we need an updated breakdown of your Planets recommends. Gardiner still your favorite overall?
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Here is my current active Holst "Planets" collection:
Dutoit/London (safe bet overall, rich full modern sound)
Steinberg/DG Originals (incl Strauss "zarathrustra" but very bright recording)
Judd/Denon (Mars is as menacing and sinister as any recorded)
Gardiner/DG (one of the best overall)
Jones/Naxos (budget price, competes equally with full price versions)
Gibson/Chandos (very balanced overall)
Solti/London (LPO version, prominent brass, incl Elgar "pomp & circumstance" marches)
Bernstein/Sony (has all the panache/swagger you expect from Sony era Lenny)
To my original collection I have recently added:
-Andrew Davis/EMI Seraphim (another budget version that has it all)
-Susskind/Vox Box (similar to Dutoit)

These are all CD versions and my overall fav by slight margin is Bernstein/Sony.
A few above are available as SACD from Elusive Disc:
-Susskind
-Jones
-Gardiner
-Bernstein
post #37 of 69
Quote:
Originally Posted by scottder
Just our of curiousity, what is everyones "planet"

I love the bombast and theme of Mars....

Scott

PS- Listing to Boult/LPO and Davis/BBC today
Jupiter would get the nod from me. Too bad I've packed away my Holst for the move. You make me want to dig out Davis and Dutoit.

BW
post #38 of 69
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Originally Posted by Bill Ward
Jupiter would get the nod from me. Too bad I've packed away my Holst for the move. You make me want to dig out Davis and Dutoit.
Head-Fi, we're just a bad influence.
post #39 of 69
And the winner is....

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Originally Posted by DarkAngel
my overall fav by slight margin is Bernstein/Sony.
post #40 of 69
*sigh* You're gonna make me get the Bernstein too huh....

I imagine the Berstein/NYPO energy plays well (at least into some of the planets anyway).

Scott

PS - Too bad the SACD isn't Hybrid....may just pick up the inexpensive version on "Essential Classics"
post #41 of 69
Scott,

Do you really need x number of recordings of the Planets? It's a fun piece of music, but not one that I put on constantly to hear and rehear the way I do with Beethoven and the other warhorses. For me it's more of the dessert than the main course, and something that I can skip if I'm nice and full, though now that I have my SACD going, one copy in that format is appealing.
post #42 of 69
Well it's more that I want to find a single version, and probably unload the others.

Also looking at the Ll0yd-Jones, since it's available as a hybrid SACD

Scott
post #43 of 69
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bunnyears
Scott,

Do you really need x number of recordings of the Planets? It's a fun piece of music, but not one that I put on constantly to hear and rehear the way I do with Beethoven and the other warhorses. For me it's more of the desert than the main course, and something that I can skip if I'm nice and full, though now that I have my SACD going, one copy in that format is appealing.
I'm not sure the concept of "need" sits all that comfortably in this forum.

BW
post #44 of 69
Yeah, I'm always asking myself if I need something. It works occassionally.
post #45 of 69
We're always one CD away from the perfect recording with perfect sound. No?

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