Great HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Gustav Holst – The Planets (Boult)

Ladies & Gentlemen, a salute to the great Sir Adrian Boult
Reposted, now with FF links
I’ve loved Holst’s “The Planets” for over 30 years, and there are lots of great recordings of it. However, this, Boult’s last word on the piece, is a stunner.

# Composer: Gustav Holst
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1967)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B00005YUBA
# Size: 1.03 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

I have heard many recordings of The Planets… but compared to Boult’s one there really is no competition. In fact, as far as I know, no one has really come close to realizing the urgency, vitality and shimmering beauties of this score in manners to rival his (apart from himself in earlier recordings of the work). And it’s obvious from the very beginning – Mars is simply blood-curdling; sinister and minatory and mercilessly violent. In comparison, Venus is as stirringly serene and beautiful as they come – it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what Boult does that no one else to my knowledge manage to do, apart from the wonderful sounds he draws from the Londoners, but the music seems to acquire a depth and a range of almost otherworldly atmospheres (obviously rather fitting) that you never quite hear elsewhere. It is as if all other performances end up sounding earth-bound and mundane in comparison.

Mercury is utterly magical (though for once the playing might just sound a tad untidy, but mostly, I guess, as a consequence of Boult’s – convincing – breakneck speed) and Jupiter displays unmatched muscularity and dynamism and breadth; utterly magnificent, and shaped like one long arch culminating in a thrilling close (and the stirring big tune is a part of that big accumulation of magnificence rather than the culmination itself). Saturn is stirring and smoldering, and the climax tremendously powerful, making the mysterious tranquility of the ending all the more effective. And the success of this performance continues with a marvelous Uranus of swagger, glitter, orchestral wizardry and earth-rattling power, and culminates in a Neptune whose icy, otherworldly mysticism cannot possibly have been surpassed, ever. The sound quality is vivid, detailed and well-balanced. A benchmark recording if there ever was one.

Analyzed folder: /96kGuHo_Pla_Blt/96k Holst – Planets – Boult
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR11        -0.25 dB     -14.91 dB     A1 The Planets Op 32 – Mars, The Bringer Of War (Allegro).wav
DR15        -3.46 dB     -25.46 dB     A2 The Planets Op 32 – Venus, The Bringer Of Peace (Adagio).wav
DR13        -2.18 dB     -21.81 dB     A3 The Planets Op 32 – Mercury, The Winged Messenger (Vivace).wav
DR11        -1.20 dB     -16.37 dB     B1 The Planets Op 32 – Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity (Allegro Giocoso).wav
DR14        -2.19 dB     -22.34 dB     B2 The Planets Op 32 – Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age (Adagio).wav
DR11        -0.80 dB     -17.14 dB     B3 The Planets Op 32 – Uranus, The Magician (Allegro).wav
DR12        -11.88 dB     -28.02 dB     B4 The Planets Op 32 – Neptune, The Mystic (Andante).wav
Number of files:    7
Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • Cartridge: Limited Edition Denon DL103 SA
  • Phono amp: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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12 thoughts on “Great HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Gustav Holst – The Planets (Boult)

  1. A great recording, to be sure, but EMI and Boult were not entirely happy with the New Philharmonia version and recorded it with the London Philharmonic several years later. That must be considered Boult’s last statement. Boult recorded the piece 5 times, 3 in stereo, so it must be considered, along with the Elgar Second Symphony, his signature piece. Thanks for making the NPO recording available. I like it better than EMI did!

  2. What’s not to like?It is fantastic to my taste buds.

    My mouth speaks for my ears from my heart (how’s that for knowing my wiring?) I like it and thank you kindly.

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