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The Planets discography

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.

Orchestral version

Year Conductor Orchestra Label Recording notes
1922 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra Columbia Recorded 27 October 1922 (Jupiter only) at Petty France Studios. Acoustic recording.[1]
1923 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra Columbia Recorded 23 August (Mercury, Venus), 24 August (Uranus), 30 October (Mars, Saturn), 6 November (Neptune) at Petty France Studios. Acoustic recording.[1]
1925 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra Columbia Recorded 19 February (Saturn), 15 September (Jupiter) at Petty France Studios. Acoustic recording.[1]
1926 Gustav Holst London Symphony Orchestra, Women's Chorus Columbia Complete work recorded on 22 June, 2 July, 14 September and 22 October at Petty France Studios. Electrical recording. Released in December 1926;[1] re-issued on LP in 1972 and on CD from 1991 onwards.[2]
1926 Albert Coates Symphony Orchestra HMV Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus only. Reissued 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.
1965 Sir Malcolm Sargent BBC Symphony Orchestra IMP Royal Festival Hall, London, February 3rd 1965. Issued on IMP CD in 1995.
1967 Sir Adrian Boult New Philharmonia Orchestra HMV
1970 Bernard Haitink London Philharmonic Orchestra Philips
1970 Bernard Herrmann London Philharmonic Orchestra Decca Released on Phase 4 Stereo in 1970.
1970 William Steinberg Boston Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon Recorded in Symphony Hall, Boston, September and October 1970.
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
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 Reissued in 1993.
1978 Sir Adrian Boult London Philharmonic Orchestra EMI Recorded 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 and 3 July 1979.
1979 Seiji Ozawa Boston Symphony Orchestra Philips Recorded in December, 1979. Reissued in 1992, 2005 and 2010.
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 Sir Simon Rattle Philharmonia Orchestra EMI
1986 Sir Andrew Davis Toronto Symphony Orchestra HMV
1986 André Previn Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Telarc Digital Recorded in Watford Town Hall, London on 14 and 15 April 1986.
1986 John Williams Boston Pops Orchestra Philips Boston Symphony Hall
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.[3] 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 on 8 and 9 July 1987.
1987 Geoffrey Simon London Symphony Orchestra Delta Entertainment Recorded at All Saints, Tooting. reissued in 1998.
1988 William Boughton Philharmonia Orchestra Nimbus Recorded in the Royal Albert Hall, London, 11 and 12 January 1988.
1988 Adrian Leaper Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Naxos Recorded from 26–30 November 1988 in Bratislava and released in 1989. Includes Suite de Ballet, Op. 10 by Holst.
1988 Sir Charles Mackerras Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Virgin Classics Recorded at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool in June 1988. Released on CD 1989.
1989 James Levine Chicago Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon Released in 1991.
1989 Hilary Davan Wetton London Philharmonic Orchestra Collins Classics
1989 Sir Colin Davis Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Philips
1990 Zubin Mehta New York Philharmonic Orchestra Teldec
1991 James Judd Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Denon Recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London on 1-2 December 1991. Released on CD 1992.
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 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.
1995 Adrian Leaper Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria Arte Nova Classics Live recording 25 January 1995 at the Teatro Pérez Galdós, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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.
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 Andrew Litton Dallas Symphony Orchestra Delos
1998 Djong Victorin Yu Philharmonia Orchestra Exton / Octavia Records Inc.
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 in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on 27 and 28 March 2001. 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.
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 Owain Arwel Hughes Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Warner Classics Recorded 26 and 27 April 2004, Watford Colosseum. Released on CD 2005. Includes Pluto, the Renewer by Colin Matthews.
2005 Yutaka Sado NHK Symphony Orchestra Avex
2005 Rico Saccani Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra BPO Live
2006 Sir Simon Rattle Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra EMI Includes Pluto, the Renewer by Colin Matthews (see 2001 Mark Elder recording, above).
2009 Paavo Järvi Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc
2009 Vladimir Jurowski London Philharmonic Orchestra LPO Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London on 22 May 2009. Released on CD 2010.
2011 Sir Andrew Davis BBC Philharmonic Chandos
2012 André Previn London Symphony Orchestra Cobra Entertainment LLC

Concert Band version

Year Conductor Orchestra Label Recording notes
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.
1994 Frederick Fennell Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra King Records, Japan Recorded at Iruma Shimin Kaikan Hall (Saitama, Japan) on 3–4 November 1994. Released in 1995.
Concert band version by Takuzo Inagaki.
1994 Daniel Sieber « Belalp » Jubilee Wind Orchestra Tonstudio AMOS Recorded at Zentrum Missione, Naters on 26–27 November 1994.
Concert band version by Pierre-Alain Bidaud, Jean-Pierre Hartmann and Daniel Sieber.
1996 James Watson Black Dyke Mills Band Doyen Brass band version by Stephen Roberts.
1998 Eddie Green University of Houston Wind Ensemble Mark Custom Concert band version by Merlin Patterson.
2003 Commander Yoshiiku Aoki Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, Tokyo Universal Music Japan Live recording at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall on 3 February 2003.
Concert band version by Tatsuya Konishi.
2005 Ton van de Kieft Noordenwind Molenaar Edition Live recording at Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam on 1 July 2005.
Concert band version by Geert Schrijvers.

Two-piano transcription

Year Conductor Label Recording notes
1984 Richard Markham, David Nettle Psyche Two-piano transcription.
1998 Len Vorster, Robert Chamberlain Naxos Two-piano transcription.
2000 Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow Olympia Two-piano transcription.
2001 John York, Fiona York Black Box One piano, four hands transcription. Reissued 2011 on Nimbus Records.
2004 Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Susan Bradshaw Delos Two-piano transcription.

Other version

Year Conductor Orchestra Label Recording notes
1976 Isao Tomita RCA Released in 1976/1991. Free arrangement and abridgement for electronic synthesiser.
1985 Kevin Peek with Rick Wakeman and Jeff Wayne Progressive rock version called Beyond the Planets.
2009 Hugh Banton Fie Organ transcription.
2010 Buzz Ensemble Fidelio Version for brass and organ.
2010 Stefan Moser H and M Version for organ.


  1. ^ a b c d Stuart, Philip. The LSO Discography. 2009. Available at CHARM website, accessed 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ All the music from The Planets conducted by the composer, including alternate takes and original couplings, was issued together for the first time in 2014: Sanders, A. Review of Explore Multimedia ExM008. Classical Recordings Quarterly. Autumn 2014, No 78, p59-60.
  3. ^ The Planets (Multi-disciplinary) version only reference was found here: at Amazon