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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Holst's The Planets

Tom Redmond presents a concert given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Timothy Jackson (horn) and conductor James Feddeck at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.

Tom Redmond presents a concert given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Timothy Jackson (horn) and conductor James Feddeck at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.

The docks and slums of postwar New Jersey are the setting for tonight's curtain opener, Leonard Bernstein's suite On the Waterfront. The searing imagery of Elia Kazan's classic film - starring a young Marlon Brando - pulls no punches, and Bernstein responded in kind with seething musical tension.

Aaron Jay Kernis's horn concerto Legacy also explores conflicting and harmonious relationships, and is dedicated to former president Barack Obama 'to honor his humanity, humility, intelligence and inspiration'.

Then, Holst's The Planets, written at a time of personal turmoil and disappointment. Although interested in astrology (and introduced to it by Clifford Bax, brother of composer Arnold), it held no deeper significance for him than musical suggestion; Holst's daughter wrote that once an idea was formulated, 'he let the music have its way with him'. And what music! From the relentless, inhuman tread of Mars the Bringer of War, to the diaphanous veil of Neptune the Mystic, via the lightning feet of Mercury the Winged Messenger and the patriotic big tune of Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity, it's a shame that Holst could not enjoy the fantastic success it brought. 'Every artist ought to pray that he may not be "a success",' he remarked. 'If he's a failure he stands a good chance of concentrating upon the best work of which he's capable.'

Bernstein: On the Waterfront - Suite
Aaron Jay Kernis: Legacy - for solo horn, harp, percussion and strings (UK premiere)

INTERVAL

Holst: The Planets - Suite, Op.32

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Timothy Jackson (horn)
Ladies of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
James Feddeck (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

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