Holst's The Planets

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Vaughan Williams The Wasps: Overture
Chopin Piano Concerto No.2
Holst The Planets

Benjamin Northey conductor
Andrea Lam piano
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus

It’s interesting to reflect that, had not Gustav Holst journeyed to Spain in 1913 and got into conversation with a fellow traveller who introduced him to astrology, The Planets might not have been composed. Imagine the result if they had discussed more earthly concerns, such as tapas or bullfighting. But The Planets it is, and Holst’s idiosyncratic and spectacular orchestral suite has secured a… well… universal place in the repertoire with its depiction of seven planets in our solar system. This program, with MSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey, begins with a buzz: Vaughan Williams’ Overture to The Wasps, written for a production of Aristophanes comedy at Trinity College, Cambridge. Australian pianist Andrea Lam is soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 — a work described by Franz Liszt, no less, as ‘of ideal perfection, its expression now radiant with light, now full of tender pathos.’

Pre-Concert Recital
21 October at 6:30pm, Melbourne Town Hall
Ticket-holders are invited to attend a free pre-concert recital by Dr Calvin Bowman, on the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ.

Duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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