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The Planets

Music journalist and cultural commentator Paul Morley describes finally seeing the future in Holst's enduringly popular work The Planets.

Music journalist and cultural commentator Paul Morley on finally seeing the future in Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'.

'The Planets' was the first classical album that Paul Morley ever bought. As a teenager into experimental German electronic music and psychedelic rock, he expected it to take him into the realms of science fiction. But has was disappointed. It seemed irrelevant, old-fashioned, nothing to do with the future. Decades on, however, 'The Planets' has become for Morley the music of the future, for the future, and it's pop and rock that sound dated and quaint in comparison.

Written and read by Paul Morley
Produced by Justine Willett.

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20 minutes

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Composer Gustav Holst

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