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The Collaborative Concept Album 'Planetarium' Captures Cosmic Grandeur And Desolation

Four talented musicians — Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister and Bryce Dessner — joined forces to create a constellation of sound dedicated to the planets, black holes and comets.
Part of the cover art for Planetarium, the concept album by Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister and Bryce Dessner. Source: Courtesy of the artist

Since its premiere in 1918, Gustav Holst's symphonic cycle The Planets has effectively defined the informal genre of "music about space." But more recently, four prominent artists from different musical realms collaborated on a cosmic

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