Archive: The Planets

Wien Musikverein Großer Saal Musikverein | Großer Saal


  • Arabella Steinbacher, violin
  • Damen des Chorus sine nomine, choir
  • Johannes Hiemetsberger, choir master
  • Pietari Inkinen, conductor


Jean Sibelius
«Aallottaret» | «The Oceanides» Tone poem op. 73
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Which composer has the young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen chosen for the opening of his first symphony concert with the Tonkunstler Orchestra? Jean Sibelius, obviously! «The Oceanides» – i.e. the 4,000 daughters of Oceanus, the river encircling the world – are the eponymous heroines of the tone poem with the original Finnish title «Aallottaret». On the occasion of a trip to the USA, Sibelius wrote the piece in 1914 on commission for the Norfolk Festival in Connecticut. The performance of Benjamin Britten’s violin concerto with Arabella Steinbacher playing the solo part promises to be a virtuoso highlight at the close of the season. Last but not least, Pietari Inkinen takes us on a journey to the stars. The Artistic Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and, since September 2015, Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, presents the opus magnum of British composer Gustav Holst: set in ultraterrestrial spheres, the orchestral suite «The Planets» is the sparkling finale of the 15-16 season.

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Benjamin Britten

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in d minor op. 15


  • Moderato con moto

  • Vivace

  • Passacaglia. Andante lento


31 Min.


1939, rev. 1954/65
Gustav Holst

«The Planets» Suite for Large Orchestra op. 32


  • Mars, the Bringer of War

  • Venus, the Bringer of Peace

  • Mercury, the Winged Messenger

  • Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

  • Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

  • Uranus, the Magician

  • Neptune, the Mystic


51 Min.