The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner perform music by Holst, including The Planets, live at the BBC Proms. Louis Lortie is the soloist in Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Suzy Klein
Lutoslawski: Symphonic Variations
Holst: Egdon Heath
Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto
Holst: The Planets
Louis Lortie (piano)
BBC Symphony Chorus (women's voices)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)
Leading champion of Lutoslawski's music and Music Director of English National Opera, Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme contrasting one each of the Polish composer's earliest and latest works with music by the British composer Gustav Holst.
Completed shortly before the occupation of Poland, Lutoslawski's Symphonic Variations is juxtaposed with Holst's rarely heard tribute to Thomas Hardy, Egdon Heath. Louis Lortie is the soloist in Lutoslawski's monumental 1988 Piano Concerto in a concert that closes with Holst's extraordinarily visionary suite, The Planets.
An edited version of this Prom will be broadcast on Friday 9th August at 2pm.