Wednesday, March 16, 2011

the bringer of war

Last Friday was our symphony orchestra concert - Holst's The Planets, and Tchaikovsky piano concerto.

I've always thought that Jupiter was my favorite planet, but after playing the entire suite, I think Mars may very well displace the good ol' bringer of jollity.  I used to like Mars because it reminded me of Hans Zimmer's Gladiator soundtrack (yes, he completely 'borrowed' large chunks from Holst); now I find it hard to listen to "Gladiator" because as a piece on its own (rather than in soundtrack - because the soundtrack works beautifully in the movie), Mars is so much better.  It's so intense, and you feel it even more so when you're actually playing it with everybody else.

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