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1   The Planets, Op. 32 : I. Mars, The Bringer Of War Buy Buy  
2   The Planets, Op. 32 : II. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace Buy Buy  
3   The Planets, op.32 - 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger Buy Buy  
4   The Planets, Op. 32 : IV. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jolity Buy Buy  
5   The Planets, Op. 32 : V. Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age Buy Buy  
6   The Planets, op.32 - 6. Uranus, the Magician Buy Buy  

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Charles Dutoit often sounds better on disc than he does live. The reason for this is simple: he loves to play to the audience, and the result is all kinds of wild gesticulating that the orchestra knows perfectly well to ignore. Sometimes they ignore him completely, to the peril of the performance at hand. In the studio, however, there is no audience and the conductor is free to focus on the music. Dutoit has a real affection for The Planets and his performance is vital, insightful, and recorded in resplendent digital sound. The Montreal Symphony has a particularly powerful trombone section, which adds just that extra drop of energy to "Mars,"Jupiter," and "Saturn." A fine disc. --David Hurwitz

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5 out of 5 stars Montreals Orchestra and Dutoit are the stuff of stars!!, August 7, 2009
By Tim Mikolay
I was fortunate enough to acquire this disc during its 1987 release with a Voyager photo of Saturn on the cover of the liner. Although taken by the kewl graphic, I was even more spellbound with the reading by these Canadians and Dutoit. It is by any estimation one of the great "space" music recordings, thanks to the superb engineering as well. From the terrifying Mars and grand and grotesque Uranus, to the flighty Mercury and ethereal Neptune, I have yet to hear an orchestra, like Montreals, evoke that special space sound that defines Holsts tonalities. Dutoits Saturn is an unbelieveable traversal of rhythm, shape and mood. To make a long review short, only Previns old disc from the 70s with the LSO comes close, but while youre at it, just go for this. It IS the best. Although Holst was a mystic, this interpretation seems to be more on the level of astronomy than astrology.

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