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Mark Wigglesworth Conducts Holst's The Planets
Royal Festival Hall

Mark Wigglesworth Conducts Holst's The Planets

Date: 4 Feb
Time: 19:30
Mark Wigglesworth

Khatia Buniatishvili - Piano

Holst's monumental piece is accompanied by Khatia Buniatishvili's performance of Liszt's virtuosic Piano Concerto No.2

WALTON Portsmouth Point Overture

LISZT Piano Concerto No.2

HOLST The Planets

Holst Singers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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 London 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 characteristics such as peace, war, magic and mysticism, never failing to capture the wonder we project onto the night's sky.

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For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. The Orchestra's regular performances at its London home Cadogan Hall are complemented by a distinguished series at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, a hugely popular series at the Royal Albert Hall and frequent visits to its seven principal residencies across the UK. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain's national orchestra.


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