January 16 – Little Secrets

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Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op.32: Neptune
Gustav Holst originally wrote “The Planets” for a piano duet, but he couldn’t bear to hear his “Neptune” movement played this way. He believed Neptune was too distant and mysterious a planet to be represented by a piano, so he composed this movement for an organ. Later, he decided to score the whole work for an orchestra. Hear this performance, conducted by Eugene Ormandy—do you think it sounds as mysterious as Holst wanted it to sound?

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