John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine / R Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra / Holst The Planets
Lawrence Renes conductor / Huddersfield Choral Society / London Philharmonic Orchestra
See breathtaking footage of Mars accompanied by Holst’s music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcUMBpTINXo&feature=share&list=UU7K0eMAAy9dpS7f-OIsBAAA
On Saturday 22 June, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is performing a spectacular multimedia event at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, with two films of breathtaking, high-definition NASA footage accompanying a compelling programme of live music. Holst’s masterpiece, The Planets, is made all the more exhilarating as it is brought to visual life with The Planets – An HD Odyssey, produced and directed by filmmaker Duncan Copp for the Houston Symphony and premiered in 2010, with the Guardian commenting, ‘It creates an experience that is genuinely out of this world’.
John Adams’s Short ride in a Fast Machine and Richard Strauss’s tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra – which features the memorable opening fanfare used in Stanley Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey – are accompanied by the European premiere of the second film in the series, The Earth – An HD Odyssey, which features striking images taken from NASA missions to Earth’s orbit. The HD Odyssey films are productions of the Houston Symphony, produced and directed by Duncan Copp. Watch a clip from Planets – An HD Odyssey here
The concert will be repeated at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Wednesday 26 June (limited availability).