Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Gustav Holst, Niccolo Paganini, Geoffrey Simon|
Holst: The Planets
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This one is an absolute steal
Ray Barnes | Surrey, British Columbia Canada | 07/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once in a while you get lucky and come across a very good recording for very little money. This Laserlight issue, unlike most of them, features Western musicians, in this case the London Symphony Orchestra under Geoffrey Simon, and regardless of price this is an excellent performance. It has great digital sound, excellent playing, and is well conducted too. The Paganini coupling is perhaps a pretty strange choice, but to be fair it is well done too. In comparison to the Millennium issue with Sir Adrian Boult leading the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, at the same super-budget price range, this performance is absolutely superior in every respect. There is also an excellent budget release of this music, coupled I believe with The Perfect Fool also by Holst, played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which ranks alongside this issue. The documentation is brief, but that should not deter anybody. In comparison to the full or medium priced issues directed by Karajan, Dutoit, Mackerras, Boult (in England), et al, this issue is not quite in the same class, but comes pretty darn close, at one-third the cost. Truly a great buy. Highly recommended."
YOU CAN BE HOLST TO THIS FIND FOR A PITTANCE!
Melvyn M. Sobel | Freeport (Long Island), New York | 11/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Like so many budget CDs, this one would also be suspect, digital or not, because of the label... and the tiny tickling at the back of our craniums that alerts us to probable cause; a person usually has no way to counterbalance the options. Price is the deciding factor. That and our basic judgement and intuition. I used all three and, much to my sheer delight, was rewarded by one of the finest versions of The Planets I've yet heard. Previous performances of choice have been Steinberg, Dutoit, Karajan, Previn, Mackerras, Boult, et. al. These conductors, naturally, have much to say. Naturally, but so does Simon and the LSO at a fraction of the cost. And just so you don't think I'm being simply and altogether pecuniary here, I would venture to say that Laserlight has given the LSO a remarkably-engineered, vivid, totally convincing sound picture. I've never heard such a frightening rendition of "Uranus, The Magician," or been swept away so thoroughly by the martial opening of "Mars, The Bringer of War." Or so mesmerized by "Venus." Or enchanted by "Neptune."
[Running time: 61:01]"
Exceeds my expectations
terrilh | Birmingham, AL United States | 09/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You really can't judge this piece based on the price. I own 3 different recordings of this. The first was a "Penguins Classic" version which was technically perfect. It sounded great but it just didn't have very much feeling or a dynamic quality that resembled watching a movie. The second recording I got was this one. I have played most of the planets before, play a few of the instruments that are used in them, and even own the orchestral score for the music. This is an extremely accurate reproduction of the music. They don't have little mistakes and some of the other stuff you hear in other recordings.
I just hate it when people think something is good just because it has a great name or costs a lot. My dad recently got a new recording that was recomended for it's "superior quality" by a high-end stereo magazine. The "quality" doesn't have anything to do with the ability of the players. I have to admit that I have played the trombone licks in Jupiter better than they did. I am just 18.
This recording is just almost perfect. There are no uneasy breaks or points where the players didn't seem like they were comfortable. Their ability to play their instruments with total confidence and control is completely unsurpassed by the other recordings I have heard. Any musician can definately take some tips from listening to the way they play."