- The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125
Thanks to its ultra-high definition 32-bit mastering, this LIM reissue of the classic 1986 Telarc recording of Gustav Holst's suite, "The Planets," is one of the most vivid versions available. Telarc was a pioneer in audiophile sound beginning in the mid-1980s, starting with its analog-to-digital conversion and the eventual development of direct stream digital recording. With further advances in technology, the label was producing CDs that anticipated super audio CDs in their wide frequency range, deep spatial dimensions, and stunning clarity of tone colors and crisp details. André Previn led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this extraordinary performance of "The Planets," and all of the qualities that make this piece a popular orchestral showcase are present in this rendition. Previn was able to draw fantastic sonorities from his players, and the spaces between them were defined with precise microphone placement, so the orchestra is often heard as a collective of brilliant soloists, so clear and distinctive is the separation of parts. There have been many superb performances of this work, and there's no shortage of versions available. But this recording has been surpassed by few, if any, so it is an easy recommendation.