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Mark Wigglesworth conducts Holst's The Planets

Tuesday February 4, 2020 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall, London
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  1. Portsmouth Point Overture - Sir William Walton
  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in A major S 125 - Franz Liszt
  3. The Planets Op 32 - Gustav Holst

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents an evening of music that includes gems of the English repertoire, with Walton’s Portsmouth Point Overture bearing the bustling energy of a postcard picture found on a day’s escape to the seaside. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2 is performed by Khatia Buniatishvili, the world-renowned concert performer who returns to share the stage with the RPO. Liszt’s stylistic choice of composing the work as a single movement with six distinctive sections allows for a unique interpretation of how each fragmentary melody creates a unified whole in a piece that displays Liszt’s typical virtuosic flourish.

Holst’s The Planets, a landmark of English romanticism, explores a new psychological landscape reflected in the astrological field with each movement, personifying peace to war, and magic to mysticism, never failing to capture the wonder we project onto the night’s sky.

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