Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11
Friday 8 October 7:30pm at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Hans Graf conductor
Ladies of the City of Birmingham Choir
Stravinsky Fireworks 5’
Adams Dr Atomic Symphony 25’
Holst The Planets 65’
Sponsored by University of Birmingham.
Encores – Liadov? – “Baba Yaga” and Mozart – ?
“The images . . . were often astonishing. Photographs from rovers and satellites, radar images and computer-generated graphics were combined to give the audience the impression of circling individual planets and sometimes flying over their awesomely barren landscapes.” New York Times Holst’s The Planets was inspired by his interest in astrology. Nearly one hundred years later he would have been astounded by the state-of-the-art, high definition images from NASA’s exploration of the solar system. For tonight’s European Premiere, Producer Duncan Copp has brought these images together with a commentary by the world’s leading planetary scientists, all projected on a large screen above the orchestra.
Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of tonight’s recommended concert:
“Classical music reaches for the stars in this unique project between the Houston Symphony and NASA no less. Premiered in the Space Agency and Orchestra’s home city in January 2010, this will be your chance to watch some extraordinary images of our solar system alongside Holst’s astrological masterpiece”.
Part of the Sounds of Space weekend at Town hall and Symphony Hall.
Houston Symphony UK Tour blog: http://www.houstonsymphonyuktour.org/
Review by Elmley de la Cour, Birmingham Post:
…”Conductor Hans Graf, undoubtedly an instrumentalist’s dream, directed with pin-point clarity. His beat was one of the aspects of the concert that certainly was in high-definition. His tempos were also refreshingly brisk, ensuring that no automaticity crept into the Holst classic.” …
Review by Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International: (for same concert, different location!)
…Their “HD Odyssey” brought not just the music but stunning photography care of NASA, giving us a virtual tour of each planet as we hear Holst’s music. Producer/Director Duncan Copp’s images are truly breathtaking […]