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Prom 4: The Planets

Live at the BBC Proms. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits play Holst's The Planets, music by John Adams and, with Nemanja Radulović, Barber's Violin Concerto.

Live at BBC Proms: the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits play Holst's The Planets and before that music by John Adams and Barber's Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Martin Handley.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto

at approx. 8.00pm Proms Plus Talk:
50 years to the day since men first walked on the Moon, Professor Richard Wiseman and Melanie Vandenbrouck, curator at the Royal Museums Greenwich reflect on the long footprint of those small steps. Hosted by Rana Mitter. Richard Wiseman is author of Shoot For The Moon. Melanie Vandenbrouck has co-curated an exhibition The Moon which runs at the National Maritime Museum from 19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020 and co-edited an accompanying book The Moon, A Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour.
Producer: Zahid Warley

at approx 8.25pm
Gustav Holst: The Planets

Nemanja Radulović (violin)
Trinity Boys Choir
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor)

A concert of 20th-century classics from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra continues a weekend marking the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the Moon.

Space travel has never been more richly imagined than in Holst’s suite The Planets, but in order to get there you’ll need to take a Short Ride in a Fast Machine, courtesy of John Adams’s exhilarating, propulsive Minimalist masterpiece.

The lyrical beauty of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto, with its exquisite slow movement, offers a contrasting moment of contemplation. Dynamic Franco-Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović makes his Proms debut as soloist.

2 hours, 29 minutes


Music Played

  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
  • Samuel Barber

    Violin Concerto

    Performer: Nemanja Radulović. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
  • Serbian folk music

    Pashona - a Kolo

    Performer: Nemanja Radulović. Ensemble: Members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra String section.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Planets

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Trinity Boys Choir.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird Suite (1910)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920 version)

    Ensemble: Twentieth-Century Classics Ensemble. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • NAXOS.


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