Having various versions of Holst's The Planets: Halle Orchestra with Mark Elder on hyperion, Berliner Philharmoniker with Simon Rattle, and Orchestra symphonique de Montreal with Charles Dutoit. I wanted to explore something different. I pre-ordered Jeremy Levy, Holst's The Planets: Re-imagined. When the cd was released and arrived at my home I was excited to hear this re-imagined version.
I hit the power buttons on my NAD c388 BluOS-2i amp, and Marantz cd player. Opened the carriage door and placed the cd in and closed the door. Hit play and waited for the wall of sound to come thru the psb Imagine X2T speakers.
The themes and motif's were there. The colouring of the sounds that Jeremy Levy uses and the execution from his Jazz Orchestra and the solo portions as a cohesive body were inspiring. The dynamic range and rhythms through the piece were quite satisfying. This version is very much a keeper.
I heard a quote once that really struck me as so true. I can't recall who said it. I thought Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr. said it, but please forgive me if I'm wrong. It states something like this "It's not that we know what we like. It's that we like what we know." So I would recommend getting to know this version. Enjoy!