Holst: The Planets (1953 mono) - Tchaikovsky: Hamlet (1952 mono) - LPO/Boult
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KHCD-2013-045FL (MONO) - Holst: The Planets (1953 Nixa recording); Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Overture-Fantasia, Op. 67a (1952 Decca recording) - London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult - Boult's first recording of Holst's orchestral suite is possibly the most impressive still after 60 years. The London Philharmonic is in fine form, and there is much energy and emotion felt through this quite stunning mono recording. Thanks to John Whitmore for transcribing the PYE LP version; I went on to find a good-condition original Nixa disc, as well as a domestic Westminster issue (all three LP sleeves are featured on the CD sleeve and the download files). I used a combination of all three LPs to produce the final product. The Tchaikovsky work is from an early 1960s Richmond reissue of the original 1952 Decca recording. I added a bit of bass to fill out the sound (the Richmond LPs of the 60s tended to sound a bit thin), producing a quite satisfying mono reproduction. Highly recommended, especially for the Holst. Download includes CD artwork.