Holst/Vaughan Williams

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COMPOSERS: Holst/Vaughan Williams
LABELS: MCA Millennium Classics
WORKS: The Planets
PERFORMER: Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas TallisVienna State Opera Orchestra/Adrian Boult
CATALOGUE NO: MCD 80099 ADD (1959)
This 1959 Westminster recording has been superbly digitally refurbished to produce a sound-stage with wide perspectives and awesome dynamics that surpasses the sound of many present-day CDs. Boult’s reading of The Planets with the crack Viennese players is powerful and compelling from beginning to end, with subtle little beauties constantly revealed. This version, for me, now joins those at the top of a crowded field. With RVW’s Tallis Fantasia resounding like choirs of angels, this is an outstanding bargain. Ian Lace