Gustav Holst – The Planets (Dutoit)

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Charles Dutoit, conductor

Decca, 1978 (2008)

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Gustav Holst: The Planets – From our review

Charles Dutoit’s recording of The Planets with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra hands down to posterity one of the finest renditions of Holst’s masterpiece. Beginning with the spectacular, martial parade of Mars and ending with the soaring lyricism of Neptune, each of the seven movements of the Planets is superbly performed and reveals its own personality. The orchestral palette is remarkable for its distinctive resplendence and smoothness.

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Gustav Holst: The Planets – Tracklist:

  1. The Planets, Op.32 – 1. Mars, the Bringer of War
  2. The Planets, Op. 32 – 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  3. The Planets, Op.32 – 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
  4. The Planets, Op.32 – 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  5. The Planets, Op.32 – 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  6. The Planets, Op.32 – 6. Uranus, the Magician
  7. The Planets, Op.32 – 7. Neptune, The Mystic