Part of a review of last week's Minnesota Orchestra performance :
" The program was thought-provoking. Here were two major English works composed just a few years apart but with radically different character: Edward Elgar's introverted and melancholy Cello Concerto in E minor, completed in 1919, and Gustav Holst's high-calorie and extroverted set of tone poems, "The Planets," finished just two years earlier. Intriguing though the pairing was, it caused a problem. We tend to perceive music in a context, so hearing the Elgar first, especially in so sensitive a performance as that given by the cellist Steven Isserlis, made "The Planets," coming after intermission, seem even more loud and vulgar than it usually does, something like heavy-metal rock for -orchestra."