BBC Proms
6 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 29 Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Prom 29

Played

19:30 Saturday 6 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Iris ter Schiphorst b.1956
  • Gravitational Waves
    BBC co-commission with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: London premiere (8 mins)
  • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
  • Also sprach Zarathustra Also sprach Zarathustra Also known as: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30 (34 mins)
  • INTERVAL
  • Gustav Holst 1874–1934
  • The Planets (incl. Colin Matthews's Pluto, the Renewer) The Planets (incl. Colin Matthews's Pluto, the Renewer) Also known as: The Planets, Op 32 (incl. Colin Matthews movement) (59 mins)

Film directors have reached for these works by Strauss and Holst in their attempts to explain the human condition against the infinite background of space.

The depiction of astrological characters in The Planets, from the cheeky gameplay of Mercury to the shattering impact of Mars, could be made for the resonance of the Royal Albert Hall. The power of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra is no less cinematic.

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