Ulster Orchestra - Harty, Saint-Saens, Nielsen
Concert in which Bramwell Tovey conducts the Ulster Orchestra. Harty: With the Wild Geese. Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No 2 (with Benjamin Grosvenor). Nielsen: Symphony No 4.
Presented by Catherine Bott.
Harty's compelling inspiration was his love for Ireland and Irish legend. For Nielsen, "music is life, and like life, inextinguishable" and that certainly applies to this, his most popular symphony, full of drama and the will to live. Saint- Saëns' Concerto is wonderfully spontaneous, beginning like Bach and ending like Offenbach, an exhilarating and unstoppable tour de force.
Harty - With the Wild Geese
Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No.2
Nielsen - Symphony No.4, Inextinguishable
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Bramwell Tovey (conductor)
Followed by Beethoven's String Quartet in B flat (Op.130), played by the Artemis Quartet.