Holst brings us face to face with the horror of war in the most-famous movement in the Planets suite. Part of this will sound familiar to science fiction fans as there have been variations of this piece in various films. The relentless and aggressive march in 5/4 time evokes the martial rhythm of military drums and underscores the menacing melody. Ample use of brass instruments reinforces the militaristic tone, with high trumpet fanfares rising above the ominous lower brass.
I just listened to this again. This is an excellent testament to the quality of GPO. The update particularly shines in this piece and I think showcases it very well. I really like how the new brass sounds in this piece. The strings are also much approved and well suited to this piece. Just the right amount of 'bite' on the attack. Lends itself well to the imagery of the piece. Excellent work Francesco, but I would expect no less. Makes me wish you lived closer, I've got a thing or two to learn.