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RECENT EVENTS - Prom 56: Holst - The Planets

Thursday 28 August 2014 - 7:30 PM

Proms 2014 Prom 56 Vladimir Jurowski

Scheduled end time: 9:35pm

Holst
The Planets 50'

interval

Schoenberg
Five Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16 16'

Scriabin
Prometheus: The Poem of Fire 20'

Alexander Toradze piano

London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski
conductor

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.