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Friday Night Rediscovers The Planets

Duration:
1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 11 September 2009

Tonight's programme features a unique interpretation of Gustav Holst's famous Planets Suite. Recorded at the Play the Field music festival in rural Somerset, the concert is presented and conducted by Charles Hazlewood and features his Excellent Device! orchestra, and All Star band. The orchestral performance of Holst's stellar masterpiece will be interspersed with improvised electronic musical responses from the band, which features Will Gregory ( Goldfrapp) and Adrian Utley ( Portishead) Charles Hazlewood explains,"In the gaps between the orchestra's performance of each of the seven planets, my posse of sonic adventurers, the All Stars, will improvise spontaneous electronic responses using material sampled from what the orchestra have just played. It's a highly original way of giving the audience a chance to revisit Holst's material, but through a refracted lens, and with a contemporary twist. No one has ever attempted this before and I believe it will offer the audience a wonderful opportunity to climb even further inside the music!The extreme virtuosity of my symphony orchestra, Excellent Device!, coupled with the fact that the All Stars feature some of the most adventurous musicians around today, promises that this will be an unforgettable musical journey to the stars.".

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Excellent Device!

    Excellent Device! The Planets - Mars

    Gustav Holst

  • Image for The Charles Hazelwood All Stars

    The Charles Hazelwood All Stars The Planets – Mars Response

    ( Will Gregory, Jason Yard, Graham Sitkin,) (Ruth Wall, Adrian Utley, Tony Orrell)

  • Image for Excellent Device!

    Excellent Device! The Planets - Venus

    (Gustav Holst)

  • Image for The Charles Hazelwood All Stars

    The Charles Hazelwood All Stars the Planets – Venus Response

    (Will Gregory, Jason Yard, Graham Sitkin) (Ruth Wall, Adrian Utley, Tony Orrell)

  • Image for Excellent Device!

    Excellent Device! The Planets - Mercury

    (Gustav Holst)

  • Image for The Charles Hazelwood All Stars

    The Charles Hazelwood All Stars The Planets – Mercury Response

    (Will Gregory, Jason Yard, Graham Sitkin) (Ruth Wall, Adrian Utley, Tony Orrell)

  • Image for Excellent Device!

    Excellent Device! The Planets - Jupiter

    (Gustav Holst)

  • Image for Alfredo Perl

    Alfredo Perl Moonlight Sonata

    (Beethoven)

    Beethoven – The Great Composers, Classic FM

  • Image for François-Joël Thiollier

    François-Joël Thiollier Clair de Lune

    (Debussy)

    Debussy: Clair de Lune and Other Piano Works, Naxos

  • Image for Excellent Device!

    Excellent Device! The Planets - Saturn

    (Gustav Holst)

  • Image for The Charles Hazelwood All Stars

    The Charles Hazelwood All Stars The Planets – Saturn Response

    (Will Gregory, Jason Yard, Graham Sitkin) (Ruth Wall, Adrian Utley, Tony Orrell)

  • Image for Excellent Device!

    Excellent Device! The Planets – Uranus

    (Gustav Holst)

  • Image for The Charles Hazelwood All Stars

    The Charles Hazelwood All Stars The Planets – Uranus Response

    (Will Gregory, Jason Yard, Graham Sitkin) (Ruth Wall, Adrian Utley,Tony Orrell)

  • Image for Excellent Device! And The Charles Hazelwood All Stars

    Excellent Device! And The Charles Hazelwood All Stars The Planets - Neptune

    (Gustav Holst)

  • Image for Excellent Device!

    Excellent Device! Star Wars

    (John Williams)

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