CD: Holst, The Planets: LSO/Davis

(LSO Live)

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At super-budget price, the LSO can get away with presenting a CD of nothing but The Planets, where pricier labels would consider a fill-up a necessity, and at such a price Colin Davis's performance is well worth hearing.

It begins promisingly with an account of Mars that is a really wild ride towards the abyss, but after that it becomes much more conventional. Jupiter is jovial, Venus rapt and serene, but Mercury could do with a bit more diablerie and the final Neptune a better sense of the ethereal.

Ideally too, the instrumental colours need to bolder, less integrated into a homogeneous texture. Davis tends to generalisations; he makes Holst's genuinely radical scoring sound too much like late Romantic rhetoric, when it requires a leaner, more focused approach.

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