With Alexander Toradze (piano), London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces. Scriabin: Prometheus - The Poem of Fire.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski live at the BBC Proms in music by Schoenberg, Scriabin and Holst's the Planets
Holst: The Planets
Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces
Scriabin: Prometheus - The Poem of Fire
Alexander Toradze (piano)
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)
20th-century music takes three contrasting paths here in masterpieces by Holst, Schoenberg and Scriabin.
Tuneful good humour and vivid characterisation see the century at its most approachable in Holst's well-loved The Planets. Scriabin's Prometheus is more eccentric - scored for piano, 'colour organ' and orchestra. This performance of it includes the optional part for choir and responds to the composer's imaginative ideas on colour.
Premiered at the Proms in 1912, Schoenberg's Five Orchestral Pieces take tonality to the limit, anticipating the composer's later development of serialism.
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