Magazine article The Tracker

The Planets, Op. 32/the Planets, Op. 32

Magazine article The Tracker

The Planets, Op. 32/the Planets, Op. 32

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Gustav Holst, transcription by Peter Sykes, The Planets, Op. 32, Hansjörg Albrecht, organist, Orgue de Choeur by Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll and 1965 Detlef Kleuker main organ in St. Nikolai, Kiel. Oehms Classics OC683, available from www.oehmsclassics.de.

Gustav Holst, The Planets, Op. 32, Peter Sykes, organist, assisted by Victoria Wagner, 1931-33 E.M. Skinner Op. 872, Girard College Chapel, Philadelphia, Raven OAR380, available from www.ravencd. com. I was curious as to why we needed another recording of the Hoist Planets transcribed for organ after Peter Sykes's fascinating issue on Raven. Indeed, the new version credits Peter Sykes for the transcription! At any rate, after listening to the new, German recording, I went back to Syke's recording on the Girard College organ. It's an interesting comparison. Both, of course, play the notes beautifully. But, to my ears, unlikely as it may seem, Albrecht makes sounds more like those of a real orchestral reading than Sykes. The organs Albrecht is using are a relatively small, but undoubtedly mellow sounding, Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll of unknown date, and a crisply voiced 1965 neo-Baroque organ by Detlef Kleuker. …

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