Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 - Blu-ray video

This page lists all recordings of The Planets, Op. 32, by Gustav Theodore Holst (1874-1934) on Blu-ray video.

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Ken Russell’s View of The Planets

Ken Russell’s View of The Planets


Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32


First ever release on Blu-ray of a long-forgotten masterpiece.

The Planets by Gustav Holst is one of the best-loved twentieth-century pieces by a British composer. Ken Russell has taken a brilliant performance of this work, with Eugene Ormandy conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra, and illustrated The Planets with passages from a mass of documentary material.

Russell’s work in film and television has been dazzling and controversial, though often full of charm and insights. His feature film credits include The Music Lovers, Women in Love, Mahler, The Devils, Savage Messiah, Lisztomania, Valentino and Tommy.

In this film from 1983 he presents his visual interpretation of Holst’s music. Written in seven movements, each describes the character of a planet: Mars – forceful and assertive; Venus – love of all things beautiful; Mercury – eloquent; Jupiter – buoyant and hopeful; Saturn – enduring; Uranus – eccentric and unexpected; and Neptune – subtle and mysterious.

Russell’s view of The Planets is provocative, stimulating, inventive, entertaining and wonderfully watchable, with “images that are beautiful, frightful and imaginative” (Daily Mail).

Special Feature: Introduced by Melvyn Bragg

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 (pillarbox)

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running time: 53 mins

FSK: 12

Region free

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Arthaus Musik - 109169

(Blu-ray)

$25.00

Scheduled for release on 26 February 2016. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

Universe of Sound: The Planets

Universe of Sound: The Planets


Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Talbot, J:

Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity


Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a unique performance of Holst's 'The Planets Suite', captured in High Definition by 37 cameras. This immersive experience takes the viewer to the heart of the Philharmonia as they perform this well-loved piece, using cameras placed in a multitude of positions and angles to create an extraordinary glimpse of the orchestra at work from within. As well as 'The Planets', the filmed performances also includes a new commission by UK composer Joby Talbot, 'Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity'. Additional features include a 'Making of' documentary feature, listening guide films for each planet, audio commentaries from conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and principal players of the Philharmonia and, for Blu-Ray only, a picture-in-picture option that allows a simultaneous view of the conductor and orchestra in action. The Philharmonia Orchestra is committed to bringing classical music to new audiences in creative and exciting ways, and to this end has become a technological trailblazer in its adoption and adaptation of new technology. In 2010 the Re-Rite project allowed members of the public to experience Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' for the first time from within the orchestra through audio/visual projections. Their 'Universe of Sound' project from which this release stems debuted at the Science Museum in London last year, and is set to tour the country in new installations during 2013. This blu-ray includes:

* A bonus 'Making of' documentary and listening guides for each planet

* Picture in picture conductor option

* Audio commentaries from Esa-Pekka Salonen and principal players of the Philharmonia

“Purists may object to 'Neptune' not fading out but seguing into a very Hollywood-esque addition by Joby Talbot. There's ample compensation, though, in the extras, including a 'making of' documentary and a 'Commentary with Principal Players'” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 ****

“The centrepiece...is a tautly rehearsed, unromantic, 'straight' performance of the piece under Salonen which will appeal to those who like Holst's own 'original' recordings...Filming and recordings of the performance are both state-of-the-art” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Signum - SIGBRD001

(Blu-ray)

$20.75

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