The Planets: Neptune, the Mystic – by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

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This can be a effective, but underrated performance from the Planets from the stalwart of British music, Mister Charles Groves, performing the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I’ve many versions from the Planets, such as the much lauded interpretation from Charles Dutoit and also the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. However, I keep returning to this version. It feels, well, like Holst 🙂

I possibly could wax lyrical about the strength of these seven small tone poems, however i shall let an even more eloquent author speak. This is obtained from the CD notes of the special Penguin Classics discharge of ‘The Planets’, done by Charles Dutoit and also the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The essay was compiled by Karen Lance armstrong, author of ‘A Good reputation for God’, ‘Through the Narrow Gate’ and ‘A Good reputation for Jerusalem’….

“On 20 This summer 1969, glued to my tv, I viewed the historic moon-landing with awe along with a certain disquiet. As my namesake, Neil Lance armstrong, made that “great leap for mankind”, I marvelled in the technology which had got him there but additionally wondered what this could provide for human awareness. The moon, indication of love, transience and rebirth, was now revealed like a dull, sterile place. As the astronauts loped and gambolled on its dusty surface, I reflected uneasily that people had just switched mythology into fact and located the truth to become banal. Would we be permanently impoverished?

However the moon-landing also reflected my very own recent experience with a global switched upside lower. Merely a couple of several weeks earlier, I’d left the religious order where I’d resided like a nun for seven years. The planet outdoors the convent walls appeared as alien and spiritually barren in my experience because the moon. I had been already beginning an unpleasant journey from the religion I’d developed with and feared that I wouldn’t easily survive inside a world drained of mystery and transcendence.

It had been relating to this time, however, which i first heard The Planets also it helped put me on the path to a brand new spirituality. Free of the limitations of convent existence, I had been starting in 1969 to uncover music and also to find that could produce individuals transcendent moments I’d searched for useless in conventional religion. But, students of literature and deeply in love with words, I sometimes thought it was difficult to reply to this non-verbal talent, which, such as the greater types of spirituality, goes past images and concepts. The Planets solved the problem to create that transition by supplying me having a “musical plot”, which, at this initial phase of my musical education, I greatly needed.

I discovered that trying imaginatively towards the cosmos, Holst had in some way retraced the archetypal religious quest. We start using the slightly self-important, combative tunes of Mars, by having an ego fighting to say itself, before proceeding towards the peace of Venus, in which the periodic discords help remind us that tranquility is just a precarious achievement in the world. Next we come across the greater playful moods of Mercury and Jupiter that are only possible — prefer religion — whenever we have remaining the self behind. In Saturn and Uranus, Holst causes us to be confront mortality and also the uncanny, before he finishes using the mystic Neptune, in which the music shows a realm beyond form and tune — the dark realm of “uncreated reality”.

And thru everything, meanwhile, Holst’s music restores for me personally that sense of question and emotional connection the cosmos has always inspired in women and men. It’s still possible in the end to sense an in-depth participation for that planets and stars within our own earthbound future — a mysterious that appears to not have disappeared, when i feared it could, with this first walk around the moon in 1969.”

Purchase the CD of Mister Charles Groves performing the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra here…

http://world wide web.amazon . com.co.united kingdom/Holst-Planets-St-Pauls-Suite/dp/B00025OH8Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331114991&sr=8-1

The essay originates from the Penguin discharge of Charles Dutoit performing the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, now from print, but imports continue to be available…

http://world wide web.amazon . com.co.united kingdom/Holst-Planets-Orchestra-Symphonique-Montreal/dp/B00000AFQQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1331115164&sr=1-4

Dutoit’s performance continues to be obtainable in a more modern release…

http://world wide web.amazon . com.co.united kingdom/Holst-Planets-Charles-Dutoit/dp/B0002852JY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1331115584&sr=1-1

The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

The Planets: Neptune, The Mystic - By Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

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