Prom 56 Holst - The Planets

Opened 28 Aug 2014
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Part of the BBC Proms.

20th-century music takes three contrasting paths here in masterpieces by Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin. Tuneful good humour and vivid characterisation see the century at its most approachable in Holst's well-loved The Planets. Scriabin's Prometheus is more eccentric - scored for piano, 'colour organ' and orchestra. This performance of it includes the optional part for choir and responds to the composer's imaginative ideas on colour. Premiered at the Proms in 1912, Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces take tonality to the limit, anticipating the composer's later development of serialism. Finish time approx. 21:35