The Planets - transcription for solo piano

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The Planets - transcription for solo piano

It's a bit baffling that Gramophone has not yet reviewed David Rubinstein's piano transcription of The Planets by Holst. Here's a link to YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9FGnhDozz0&feature=youtu.be

He's a bit better than me!

He's a bit better than me!

Who did the transcription? I quite like hearing transcriptions - sometimes a new guise for the music enables listening in a different way. Obviously, Holst's magnificent original can't be bettered - but sometimes the scrunches of Holst's quite dissonant harmonies come through better.

Do you have any details of the release for the whole Suite. Sometimes G is slow to review stuff from independents, especially if they're not sent a review copy!

 

Holst's Planets in other viable transcriptions.

From the youtube clip, it is not that obvious whether this Mr. David Rubinstein has also made the transcription for piano and, most importantly, if he did the whole work of Holst's The Planets. In this vein, the clip does not mention either whether Holst himslelf did the transcription. Finally, Gramophone (or any other publication about classical recordings) cannot possibly review a clip on youtube; it has to be a cd release of a commercial recording from even a tiny obscure record company.

For any interested in trancriptions of Holst's magnificent score of "The Planets", there is a quite effective one on Organ by the American organist Peter Sykes (it exists in two recordings: one on the Organ label Priory with Simon Johnson and a SACD one on Oehms with Hansjorg Albrecht: the latter is quite impressive). There is also a fine original transcription by the composer himself for two Pianos, performed by the British Piano duo Goldstone and Clemmow (an old recording by the defunct label Olympia, now available as reissue on Divine Art).

Parla

Rubinstein transcription

Thanks for your comments. The Sykes recording is good. The YouTube page you reference clearly states that Rubinstein made a transcription of the whole Suite and that his CD is available. Holst never transcribed The Planets for one piano. Here is the info:

Transcription © 2014
http://scarlatt9.wix.com/transcriptio...

Audio recordings are available here:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidrubinst... 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pla...

Transcribing "The Planets" and the relevant recording.

Thanks for your further clarifications and relevant info.

In what I see in the link you provided, it simply says "David Rubinstein plays JUPITER by Gustav Holst from the Planets". There is no reference whether the pianist made either the transcription or, much more, the transcription of the whole suite. Of course, with the new link you presented, it is clear now.

I was aware that Holst did not transcribed the work, since the reduction would be quite substantive and "the mission almost impossible" (the two-pianos original transcription by the composer or the Organ one retain a very good deal of the rich and at times complex score, although a great deal of the colours of the imaginative orchestration is lost anyway).

As for the recording on CD, it seems that it comes from a very "independent" marginal recording company. If I read correctly, the recording label should be a certain "Musicus" one. Although I am involved in collecting CDs/SACDs for some decades from various parts of the world (having built a quite significant collection), I have never heard of this one. This probably explains why I have never heard of the pianist's rather varied and extensive recordings and also why no major magazine from UK, France or Germany has reviewed these recordings. At least, from those I have come across.

I wonder if there is a distributor of these recording company in UK and/or for some other countries in Europe. 

Parla

David Rubenstein

 

 

You can hear the entire transcription of The Planets on Spotify, as well as other David Rubenstein CDs.  Just "search" for "David Rubenstein" and a Beethoven Sonata CD will appear.  Hit that and four more CDs, including The Planets, will appear on the bottom.  Why they don't all appear at once is beyond me.

Bliss
Neptune the mystic

I don't care much for transcriptions of big orchestral works. How would a pianist handle the end of Neptune where the wordless choir enters?

 

Sedgley

Transcribing the...impossible.

The art of transcription has already been justified in many successful endeavours particularly by notable composers (e.g. Liszt, Ravel). However, certain projects seem to deal with a sort of "mission impossible" (e.g. Ravel's La Valse). Even in these cases, the effort and the scope of it counts more than the actual result.

Parla

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