The Planets

Music journalist and cultural commentator Paul Morley on finally seeing the future in Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'.

'The Planets' was the first classical album that Paul Morley ever bought. As a teenager into experimental German electronic music and psychedelic rock, he expected it to take him into the realms of science fiction. But has was disappointed. It seemed irrelevant, old-fashioned, nothing to do with the future. Decades on, however, 'The Planets' has become for Morley the music of the future, for the future, and it's pop and rock that sound dated and quaint in comparison.

Written and read by Paul Morley

Produced by Justine Willett

Episodes

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01Sun And Moon20050905

The Planets.

Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system.

A look at those heavenly bodies most familiar to us.

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Sun and Moon: A look at those heavenly bodies most familiar to us.

[Rpt of Mon 9.45am]

02Mercury And Jupiter20050906

How Mercury gained mythological status and how views of Jupiter's red spot have evolved.

03Mars20050907

How our recent knowledge of the planet has been greatly enhanced by the discovery of a meteorite.

04Venus And Saturn20050908

How Venus became known as the prettiest planet and why Saturn's rings are intriguing.

05 LASTUranus, Neptune, Pluto20050909

The two great ice giants of the solar system are barely touched by heat from the sun.

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Music journalist and cultural commentator Paul Morley on finally seeing the future in Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'.

'The Planets' was the first classical album that Paul Morley ever bought. As a teenager into experimental German electronic music and psychedelic rock, he expected it to take him into the realms of science fiction. But has was disappointed. It seemed irrelevant, old-fashioned, nothing to do with the future. Decades on, however, 'The Planets' has become for Morley the music of the future, for the future, and it's pop and rock that sound dated and quaint in comparison.

Written and read by Paul Morley

Produced by Justine Willett