The Planets discography

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This is a discography of The Planets, Op. 32, an orchestral suite by Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916, and first performed by the Queen's Hall Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult on 29 September 1918. It includes the composer's own recordings made in 1922-23 and 1926.


Year Conductor Orchestra Label Recording notes
1922 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra Columbia (27 October, Jupiter only) Petty France Studios. Acoustic recording.[1]
1923 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra Columbia (23 August - Mercury, Venus, 24 August - Uranus, 30 October - Mars, Saturn, 6 November - Neptune) Petty France Studios. Acoustic recording.[1]
1925 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra Columbia (19 February - Saturn, 15 September - Jupiter) Petty France Studios. Acoustic recording.[1]
1926 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra Columbia Complete work recorded on 22 June, 2 July, 14 September & 22 October 1926 at Petty France Studios. Electrical recording. Released in December 1926;[1] re-issued on LP in 1972 and on CD from 1991 onwards.
1926 Albert Coates Symphony Orchestra HMV Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus only. Re-issued on CD in 1992 on Koch Historic.
1942 Sir Ernest MacMillan Toronto Symphony Orchestra RCA Victor Never officially released on CD by Sony; however was released on CD by Analekta in 2006 on "Portrait: Sir Ernest MacMillan." Only four movements were recorded (Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter).
1943 Leopold Stokowski NBC Symphony Orchestra Cala Records From an NBC radio broadcast in Studio 8H, New York City, the earliest American performance on disc
1945 Sir Adrian Boult BBC Symphony Orchestra HMV The first of Boult's five recordings of the work
1954 Sir Adrian Boult Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra Nixa The orchestra was the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording pseudonymously for contractual reasons
1954 Sir Malcolm Sargent London Symphony Orchestra Decca Kingsway Hall- Engineer Kenneth Wilkinson
1956 Leopold Stokowski Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Capitol The work's first stereo recording, originally issued as an LP and reissued on CD by EMI.
1958 Sir Malcolm Sargent BBC Symphony Orchestra HMV Reissued on CD on the EMI Classics for Pleasure label.
1960 Sir Adrian Boult Vienna State Opera Orchestra Whitehall
1961 Herbert von Karajan Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Decca Reissued in 2007 in a 24-bit, 96kbit/s remastered edition.
1967 Sir Adrian Boult New Philharmonia Orchestra HMV
1970 Bernard Herrmann London Philharmonic Orchestra Decca Released on Phase 4 Stereo in 1970
1970 William Steinberg Boston Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon reissued in 2001
1971 Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic Orchestra CBS Released on LP in 1973 and reissued on CD in 1985 and 1997. Bernstein's final Young People's Concerts broadcast featured this work.
1971 Zubin Mehta Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Decca
1971 Bernard Haitink London Philharmonic Orchestra Philips
1973 André Previn London Symphony Orchestra EMI Kingsway Hall. Engineer Christopher Parker.
1974 George Hurst Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Contour Recorded at Southampton Guildhall; producer Brian Culverhouse, engineer Brian Couzens
1975 James Loughran Hallé Orchestra CfP/EMI This recording won a Gold Disc for EMI and came eighth in the top 30 most played classical recordings over the past three quarters of a century on the BBC (December 2009).
1975 Walter Susskind Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra VOX reissued in 2004 by MFSL as a hybrid multichannel SACD.
1975 Eugene Ormandy Philadelphia Orchestra RCA rereleased in 1993
1976 Isao Tomita RCA (Free arrangement and abridgement for electronic synthesiser) released in 1976/1991
1978 Sir Adrian Boult London Philharmonic Orchestra EMI May–July 1978 and released for Boult's 90th birthday
1978 Neville Marriner Concertgebouw Orchestra Philips
1979 Sir Georg Solti London Philharmonic Orchestra Decca
1979 Alexander Gibson Scottish National Orchestra Chandos Recorded in Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow, 2 & 3 July 1979
1980 Lorin Maazel Orchestre National de France CBS Records Released in 1981. Notable for the use of a children's choir in Neptune.
1981 Herbert von Karajan Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon
1981 Simon Rattle Philharmonia Orchestra EMI
1984 Richard Markham, David Nettle Psyche Two-piano transcription
1985 Kevin Peek with Rick Wakeman and Jeff Wayne (Progressive rock version called Beyond the Planets)
1986 Andrew Davis Toronto Symphony Orchestra HMV
1986 André Previn Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Telarc Digital Recorded in Watford Town Hall, London on April 14 & 15, 1986
1986 John Williams Boston Pops Orchestra Philips Boston Symphony Hall
1986 William Boughton Philharmonia Orchestra Nimbus
1986 Charles Dutoit Montreal Symphony Orchestra Decca / Penguin Classics recording by Decca and reissued in 1998 by Penguin Classics. Later used for a multi-disciplinary (Skating, Ballet/Dance, music) vision.[2] This recording was awarded the 1987 Gramophone Award for Engineering [1] .
1987 Eduardo Mata Dallas Symphony Orchestra Proarte
1987 Sir Charles Groves Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sanctuary Classics Recorded in July, 1987 at Watford Town Hall.
1987 Richard Hickox London Symphony Orchestra IMP Classics Recorded at EMI Studios, Abbey Road Studio 1, July 8 & 9 1987
1987 Geoffrey Simon London Symphony Orchestra Delta Entertainment Recorded at All Saints, Tooting. reissued in 1998
1988 Adrian Leaper Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Naxos Recorded from 26 to 30 November 1988 in Bratislava and released in 1989. Includes "Suite de Ballet, op 10" by Holst.
1989 James Levine Chicago Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon released in 1991
1989 Eric Banks London Symphonic Wind Orchestra EMI Music Japan recorded at Abbey Road Studios on 11–12 April 1989
Wind orchestra version of the complete seven-movement suite transcribed by Cy Payne
1989 Sir Colin Davis Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Philips
1990 Zubin Mehta New York Philharmonic Orchestra Teldec
1992 Ross Pople London Festival Orchestra ASV
1992 Evgeny Svetlanov Philharmonia Orchestra Collins Classics reissued 1995 by Edgestone Classics (EC029). The Svetlanov website indicates another recording by him with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra
1993 James Judd Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Denon
1993 Vernon Handley Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tring Recorded October 1993, released 1994
1994 José Serebrier Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ASV
1994 John Eliot Gardiner Philharmonia Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon released in 1995
1996 Leonard Slatkin Philharmonia Orchestra BMG Classics released in 1997 on CD
1996 Yan Pascal Tortelier BBC Philharmonic BBC Music Magazine Recorded July 13, 1996 in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
1996 James Watson Black Dyke Mills Band Doyen Concert-band version
1997 Roy Goodman New Queens Hall Orchestra Carlton Classics
1997 Yoel Levi Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Telarc Digital Recorded in Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 3–4, 1997.
1998 Len Vorster, Robert Chamberlain Naxos Two piano transcription
2000 Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow Olympia Two piano transcription
2001 David Lloyd-Jones Royal Scottish National Orchestra Naxos Recorded February 17 and 18, 2001 in Glasgow and released in 2002 on CD and 5.1 surround sound (Dolby+DTS) DVD. Includes "Pluto, the Renewer" by Colin Matthews and "The Mystic Trumpeter" by Holst.
2001 Mark Elder Hallé Orchestra Hyperion Recorded 27–28 March 2001 in Manchester. Includes Pluto, the Renewer by Colin Matthews, commissioned by the Hallé Concerts Society and first performed by the Hallé under Kent Nagano on 11 May 2000. This recording also includes both the original and modified ending versions of Neptune.
2001 John York, Fiona York Black Box One piano, four hands transcription. Reissued 2011 on Nimbus Records.
2002 Dennis Russell Davies Bruckner Orchester Linz Chesky Records Recorded October 2–4, 2001 in the Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria. Released on SACD in 2002, and later as a digital download via Chesky's HDtracks site.
2002 Sir Roger Norrington Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra Hänssler Live recording, Liederhalle, Stuttgart, 27, 28 and 29 June 2001
2003 Vernon Handley Royal Philharmonic Orchestra RPO released in 2004.
2003 Sir Colin Davis London Symphony Orchestra LSO Live live recording for the orchestra's own label in 2003.
2004 Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Susan Bradshaw Delos Two piano transcription
2005 Andrew Litton Dallas Symphony Orchestra Delos
2005 Yutaka Sado NHK Symphony Orchestra Avex
2005 Rico Saccani Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra BPO Live
2005 Owain Arwel Hughes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Warner Classics Includes Pluto, The Renewer by Colin Matthews
2006 Sir Simon Rattle Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra EMI Includes Pluto, the Renewer by Colin Matthews (see 2001 Mark Elder recording, above)
2009 Hugh Banton Fie Organ transcription
2009 Paavo Jarvi Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc
2010 Vladimir Jurowski London Philharmonic Orchestra LPO
2010 Buzz Ensemble Fidelio Version for brass and organ
2010 Stefan Moser H and M Version for organ
2011 Sir Andrew Davis BBC Philharmonic Chandos


  1. ^ a b c d Stuart, Philip. The LSO Discography. 2009. Available at CHARM website, accessed 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ The Planets (Multi-disciplinary) version only reference was found here: at Amazon