Head into outer space with Holst's planetary survey. Plus Sir Harrison Birtwistle's new Violin
Concerto - his first for a stringed instrument - and Frank Bridge's Keats-inspired symphonic poem Isabella.
Frank Bridge is at his most romantic and Lisztian in this symphonic poem , given its world premiere at the Proms by founder-conductor Henry Wood.
Birtwistle's Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Christian Tetzlaff and unveiled by him in March to rave reviews. The composer himself studied the clarinet, although he says, 'I had some violin lessons at school, so I have a memory of the physical feel of the instrument, in a sense. It's rather like remembering how to bowl a leg break in cricket, even if I couldn't do it now.'
Holst's The Planets displays astonishing verve in its orchestration and in the radicalism of much of its content for its time.
Harrison Birtwistle: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (UK Premiere)
Holst: The Planets
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson (conductor)