Gustav Holst – The Planets – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult (1978/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 48:25 minutes | 876 MB | Genre: Classical
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Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult was among the greatest interpreters of Holst’s suite “The Planets.” The work has long been a staple of the international orchestral repertoire. In his illustrious career, Boult has recorded Holst’s masterpiece five times; this being the final version and his most definitive. Boult leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra through this affectionate reading.
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets, Op.32
1 I. Mars, the Bringer of War (Allegro) 8:02
2 II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace (Adagio) 7:26
3 III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger (Vivace) 3:48
4 IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (Allegro giocoso) 7:59
5 V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (Adagio 8:22
6 VI. Uranus, the Magician (Allegro) 6:26
7 VII. Neptune, the Mystic (Andante) 6:22
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor
About the Mastering
Four engineers at Abbey Road Studios in London have remastered these historic EMI recordings from their original analogue sources for release in pristine hi-def. Between them, Simon Gibson, Ian Jones, Andy Walter and Allan Ramsay have many years of experience remastering archive recordings for EMI and other record labels. The process always starts with finding all of the records and tapes in EMI’s archive in London and comparing different sources and any previous CD reissues. We consult each recording’s job file, which contains notes about the recording made by the engineer and producer. For example, this sometimes explain why there is more than one set of tapes to choose from. All of the tapes are generally in good condition and we play them on our Studer A80 π inch tape machine, after careful calibration of its replay characteristics.
In order to have the best digital remastering tools at our disposal for the remastering, we transfer from analogue to the digital domain at 96 KHz and 24-bit resolution using a Prism ADA-8 converter and capture the audio to our SADiE Digital Audio Workstation.
Simon Gibson, January 2012