HOLST The Planets Gardiner 4458602

This musical tapestry weaves its way from 'Mars', a prelude to the catastrophic First World War, through to some fun and games with 'Jupiter' and ending with the impressionistic 'Neptune'. A work of contrasting moods and tempi with some memorable tunes, it has all the ingredients of a great piece of music, which is precisely what it is . . . The first of our five great recordings is John Eliot [Gardiner] and The Philharmonia, whose very rhythmic performance conveys plenty of detail in superb sound.