Classical music

Philharmonia Orchestra: Holst: The Planets

Part of International Organ Series

The haunting beauty of Elgar's Cello Concerto sits alongside Holst's planetary masterpiece.

Holst took his inspiration from the astrological rather than the astronomical, journeying through Mars, the apocalyptic 'Bringer of War'; a tranquil Venus; Mercury's winged messenger; Jupiter, the stately 'Bringer of Jollity'; Saturn's old age; Uranus 'The Magician' and finally a dreamy Neptune, 'The Mystic'.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Alban Gerhardt cello
Leicester University Chamber Choir
Leicester Bach Choir


Smetana: Vltava from Má vlast
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Holst: The Planets

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