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Don't get too excited- this is likely a mistake. Both of these works on Chandos total 79 minutes so this is highly unlikely. Probably it just has THE PLANETS which runs about 40 minutes. The music, however, got pretty good reviews and it's a British youth orchestra, with members 13-17 years of age.
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"The piano ain't got no wrong notes." Thelonious Monk
According to Chandos' own website, which gives a track listing per side of the LP, this has both works on one LP. I think this is technically impossible so have queried it with them.
I have the recording as a 24/96 file and the dynamic range is stunning (especially in the Planets) thus making a single LP for both works even less likely if Chandos have tried to preserve as much of the dyanamic range as possible. Cutting sides of <44 minutes long would compromise this aspect alone!
The performances are either good ( Also Sprach Zarathustra) or one of , if not the, best on record (Planets) - certainly my top recommendation for anyone who hasn't got a version. Unbelievable playing from an orchestra whose personnel for the 2016 season (as per this recording) ranged from 13 to 19.
By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.
Here is Chandos'response to my query:
This is definitely a single LP of both works.
Part of the Holst Planets is on the other side with the Strauss to equalise the sides .
The Chandos Team
You know it's impossible, I know it's impossible. I feel like ordering a copy just to find out.
If they compress the dynamic range enough, then they could fit 80 mins onto a single record. I have a few LPs which run to 70 mins or more.
But what would be the point in doing that since it would spoil the recording?
Although not sure what the content consists of.
That's pretty incredible. If they can put 80 minutes of music on one lp and still preserve the dynamics, it'll be one for Guinness.
" still preserve the dynamics,"
Given the bass content ( wow, those organ pedal notes) and dynamic range of the original recording this has to be impossible.
Chandos have not produced LPs for decades until recently. Now vinyl is fashionable and is selling well. So I think that what we have is a typical case of a record company jumping on a bandwagon but neither understanding the market's requirements nor exactly what they are doing. People are buying LPs because they think that they sound better than the other media, not just because they are vinyl. In this case buy the SACD or download the hi-rez file would be my advice.
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