Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Alban Gerhardt cello
SMETANA Vltava, from Má Vlast
ELGAR Cello Concerto
HOLST The Planets
The haunting beauty of Elgar’s Cello Concerto sits alongside Holst’s planetary masterpiece. Holst took his inspiration from the astrological rather than the astronomical, journeying through Mars, the apocalyptic Bringer of War; a tranquil Venus; Mercury’s winged messenger; Jupiter, the stately Bringer of Jollity; Saturn’s old age, Uranus The Magician and finally, a dreamy Neptune, The Mystic.