"Today marks the birthday of British composer Gustav Holst. The Holst family had wandered from Sweden, via Latvia and Russia, to settle in England. Gustav (1874 - 1934) is famous for his symphonic suite, The Planets, extracts of which have been used in many different movies and TV productions. On first rehearsal in the Royal Albert Hall the anecdote has it that the cleaning ladies were dancing in the stalls when they first heard the opening of the Jupiter movement…."Text from Ordinary Finds, where there is always something interesting. Embedded above is the aforementioned Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity [a hat tip to Ryan for identifying the conductor as Taijiro Iimori leading the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra]. I really love Isao Tomita's performance of The Planets on a Moog synthesizer, which I ought to blog sometime.
If I wait, I'll forget it. Here it his rendition of the Jupiter movement (not a very good video re sound or visuals, but it's all I could find):