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Holst’s The Planets BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Supported by The University of Edinburgh

Saturday 9 August
  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 15 minutes approximately

Donald Runnicles Conductor

Michaela Kaune Soprano

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
Berg Seven Early Songs
Holst The Planets
Colin Matthews Pluto

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns under its formidable Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles for one of the grandest orchestral showpieces in the repertoire: Holst's The Planets.

From its gripping depiction of war in Mars to the serene beauty of Venus, it is a piece of immense profundity and unforgettable melody – and it is followed by composer Colin Matthews's dazzling Pluto, written in 2000 to complement Holst's existing suite.

Beforehand, Runnicles and the BBC SSO perform Britten's moving Sinfonia da Requiem, a deeply felt pacifi st work that prefi gures his famous War Requiem (performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra on Thursday 14 August) by more than two decades. Berg's opulent Seven Early Songs show the influence of Richard Strauss, Wagner and even Debussy, and are performed by German soprano Michaela Kaune.

What a night. What a performance... What an orchestra. And what a genius conductor.

The Herald

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Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles Conductor

Michaela Kaune Soprano

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
Berg Seven Early Songs
Holst The Planets
Colin Matthews Pluto

Holst's The Planets - The Scotsman

August 11th 2014

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"a moment of pure fantasy"

Review by: 

Ken Walton

Holst's The Planets - The Herald

August 11th 2014

★ ★ ★ ★

"Runnicles captured the character of each planet in unfussy, vivid terms"

Review by: 

Kate Molleson

Image: iStock

This event was part of a previous Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

Tickets

Grand circle: £44 £36 £18
Stalls: £44 £36 £27
Upper circle: £25 £18 £12
Organ gallery: £12

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed people: 50% off
Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off
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