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Zubin Mehta’s sensational interpretation of The Planets is probably the most famous (among audiophiles) of his excellent series of recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance itself is probably as good as any, and the sound, highlighted by a powerful, warm, and deep organ, is magnificent. The pedal effects at the end of “Saturn” are stunning. Mehta has made a specialty out of Mahler’s Third Symphony. The massive first movement, with its outstanding inner detail of the lower registers of the orchestra, may be the best ever recorded, especially if you are primarily considering the sound. I was initially captivated by the sound of the sublime final movement, but Mehta’s insistence on accelerating the tempo at the climaxes detracts from the performance as a whole. The timpani at the end and the final sumptuous chord have never sounded so good on a recording.- The Absolute Sound
We've remastered these historic recordings from the original master tapes and the digital transfers were made by renowned European mastering engineer Willem Makee.
Early London/Decca Stereo Classical instrumental and chamber music recordings (1956-1963) contain some of the premient historical musical performances, many of which remain unequalled today. These reissued titles are very sought-after titles by collectors, never before available in a high-resolution digital format! The SACDs have been authored for us by Gus Skinas of the Super Audio Center in Boulder, Colorado.
These are designed to be the finest editions of these recordings ever reissued.
Experience overwhelming sonics on this SACD Decca.
Mastered by Willem Makee
Holst - The Planets/ LAP /Mehta
Earth was not created in a day. And the same applies to Gustav Holst's interplanetary symphony which took him about three years to write. The composer employs a massive orchestra and rich orchestral coloring to portray each planet in his musical psychogram. Mars, the Bringer of War, rages with mechanical brutality, while Venus brings peace and an acceptance of life. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, darts here and there with quicksilver speed, while powerful and sovereign Jupiter brings jollity and reassurance. Saturn plods by with heavy tread, while Uranus with its contrasting changes in tempo remains enigmatic and extrovert. And because Pluto, the most distant planet had not yet been discovered, it is Neptune, the great unknown, which is lost in time and space in an endless ostinato of female voices. Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present this astronomical journey with precision and exhilaration, leaving neither time nor space for astrological speculation. As always, the excellent Decca recording quality guarantees an unimpeded view of this musical galaxy.
Recording: Royce Hall, Los Angeles, April 1971 (tracks 1-7), December 1977 (tracks 8-13)
Producers: John Mordler (tracks 1-7), Ray Minshull (tracks 8-13)
Balance engineers: James Lock and Colin Moorfoot (tracks 1-7), Simon Eadon and James Lock (tracks 8-13)
Mastered by Willem Makee
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, with the female voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
1. I. Mars, the Bringer of War - Allegro
2. II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace - Adagio
3. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - Vivace
4. IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Allegro giocoso
5. V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - Adagio
6. VI. Uranus, the Magician - Allegro
7. VII. Neptune, the Mystic - Andante*
*Los Angeles Master Chorale
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