Holst: The Planets, Op. 32, H 125 – 1. Mars, The Bringer Of War

BBC Philharmonic

This is cool.

One of my favorite symphonic suites. I didn’t much care for the ‘Pluto’ addition by William Mathews as it sounded completely out of place, stylistically. Holst also composed some marvelous choral works that have, sadly, fallen into obscurity. There’s his ‘Ode to Death’ and ‘Hymns from the Rig Veda’ for starters…Vangelis gave a wave of the baton to Holst in ‘Mythodea’, it too is definitely worth checking out.

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