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Editors’ Notes

As our understanding of the cosmos expands, so too must performances of The Planets. At least that’s the logic of Sir Simon Rattle with his second recording of this celebrated seven-movement piece (which stops with Neptune). After an energized (and sometimes brawny) traversal of the solar system known to Holst, Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker press on with Colin Matthews’ “Pluto, The Renewer” and a host of contemporary pieces on similar themes—one of the best being Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s grandly alien-sounding “Asteroid 4179 - Toutatis.”

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uranus the magician

This has the right tempo. I've played professionally for years and it makes my skin crawl when major orchestras play the Planets too fast. i have this from the Cincinnatti, Cleveland, London and Royale on cd. london ok, Cleveland good, and i really like this recording. It is the best i've heard yet.

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Best Mars recording I can find on iTunes


Other than the slight mistake the trumpets made in Mars, this album is fantastic!

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