Watch with us: Salonen conducts Holst’s The Planets
Watch Party: Holst’s The Planets
Friday 19 June 2020, 7pm
Our YouTube channel
Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Ladies of Philharmonia Voices – choir
Filmed at Watford Colosseum in 2012
The Planets is a hugely enjoyable musical journey through the solar system. Along the way composer Gustav Holst gives us a masterclass in orchestral writing. The merciless rhythm of ‘Mars’ gives way to the serenity of ‘Venus’, ebullient brass heralds the expansive song of ‘Jupiter’, and ethereal voices float upwards as ‘Neptune’ fades into darkness.
In 2012 Watford Colosseum was transformed into a huge studio where we filmed The Planets, with our Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Each section, and in many cases each individual player, was captured on separate cameras and microphones, to create a multi-room installation introducing the instruments of the orchestra. In Universe of Sound, a partnership with the Science Museum, and more recently in The Virtual Orchestra, around half a million people on three continents have had the chance to experience Holst’s masterpiece in larger-than-life detail.
Join us for the YouTube premiere of our film of The Planets, with an extra final movement composed specially for our installation by Joby Talbot, on Friday 19 June at 7pm UK time. Members of the Philharmonia who took part in the original recording will be online to share their memories and answer your questions in the live chat.
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