Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan Holst: Les planètes

Holst: Les planètes

Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan

Released on May 24, 2016 by Les Indispensables de Diapason

Main artist: Herbert von Karajan

Genre: Classical > Symphonic Music

Distinctions: Diapason d'or ( June 2016)

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Although best remembered for his devotion to the core Austro-Germanic repertoire, Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan did flirt with the English repertoire in the '50s and early '60s. There are EMI recordings of him leading the Philharmonia in Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Britten's Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge and rehearsal recordings of him leading the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Roma in Walton's First Symphony. His last affair was this 1961 performance of Holst's The Planets with the Vienna Philharmonic. Recorded in bone-crushing -- but still deep and colorful -- sound by John Culshaw, Karajan's view of The Planets, like his view of Vaughan Williams and Britten, is decidedly superficial. This is not to say that his conducting is anything less than superb. Karajan was one of great technical virtuosos and he misses nothing in Holst's monumental score -- not the balances, not the details, not the colors, not the rhythms, nothing. But everything inside Holst's score is more or less missing: "Mars" has power but lacks point, "Venus" has beauty but lacks soul, "Mercury" has speed but lacks strength, "Jupiter" has weight but lacks humor, "Saturn" has mass but lacks fear, "Uranus" has muscle but lacks wit, and "Neptune" has carefully calculated gradations of dynamics but altogether lacks any sense of blissful departure into infinite space.

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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 01:21:25

    The Planets, Op. 32 (Gustav Holst)
  1. 1 The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War

    Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  2. 2 The Planets, Op. 32: II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace

    Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  3. 3 The Planets, Op. 32: III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger

    Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  4. 4 The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

    Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  5. 5 The Planets, Op. 32: V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

    Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  6. 6 The Planets, Op. 32: VI. Uranus, the Magician

    Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  7. 7 The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic

    Wiener Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  8. The Planets, Op. 32 (Extracts)
  9. 8 The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War

    BBC Symphony Orchestra - Adrian Boult, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  10. 9 The Planets, Op. 32: II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace

    BBC Symphony Orchestra - Adrian Boult, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  11. 10 The Planets, Op. 32. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger

    BBC Symphony Orchestra - Adrian Boult, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  12. 11 The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

    BBC Symphony Orchestra - Adrian Boult, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  13. 12 The Planets, Op. 32: VI. Uranus, the Magician

    BBC Symphony Orchestra - Adrian Boult, Conductor - Gustav Holst, Composer Copyright : 2016 2016

  • Album description
  • Although best remembered for his devotion to the core Austro-Germanic repertoire, Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan did flirt with the English repertoire in the '50s and early '60s. There are EMI recordings of him leading the Philharmonia in Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Britten's Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge and rehearsal recordings of him leading the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Roma in Walton's First Symphony. His last affair was this 1961 performance of Holst's The Planets with the Vienna Philharmonic. Recorded in bone-crushing -- but still deep and colorful -- sound by John Culshaw, Karajan's view of The Planets, like his view of Vaughan Williams and Britten, is decidedly superficial. This is not to say that his conducting is anything less than superb. Karajan was one of great technical virtuosos and he misses nothing in Holst's monumental score -- not the balances, not the details, not the colors, not the rhythms, nothing. But everything inside Holst's score is more or less missing: "Mars" has power but lacks point, "Venus" has beauty but lacks soul, "Mercury" has speed but lacks strength, "Jupiter" has weight but lacks humor, "Saturn" has mass but lacks fear, "Uranus" has muscle but lacks wit, and "Neptune" has carefully calculated gradations of dynamics but altogether lacks any sense of blissful departure into infinite space.

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