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Beyond the Score

Holst The Planets

Release February 11, 2010

© Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2010
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Length: 01:00:00



Gustav Holst was born and raised in England at the height of the late 19th-century British Empire. His orchestral work The Planets was written during the first two years of World War I, when that empire faced its greatest threat. The music vividly reflects the composer's sense of the longing to find values that were deeper, older, and more universal.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit
Duain Wolfe chorus director
Gerard McBurney creative director

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Written and created by the CSO's creative director, Gerard McBurney, live musical examples are called upon to illustrate the structure of each composition. After an intermission, concertgoers return to the hall with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the work played in its entirety.

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