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Ulster Orchestra: Wagner, Liszt and Brahms

Rafael Payare conducts the Ulster Orchestra in an all-Romantic programme. Introduced by John Toal, music of the German Romantics bookends this Ulster Hall concert: Richard Wagner's bracing Overture to his 1845 opera Tannhäuser; and Johannes Brahms's Symphony No.2, written on holiday during the summer of 1877 in Pörtschach - an alpine area by the Wörthersee which also inspired Mahler and Berg.

Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2 is at the heart of the programme: a work revised numerous times before its publication in 1863. It's a virtuosic partnership between piano and orchestra: one which is in turn lyrical and introspective, then triumphant and dramatic.

The soloist is the Russian-born American pianist Kirill Gerstein. He will also be speaking with John Toal during the interval.

Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S.125
Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D major, Op. 73

Kirill Gerstein (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Rafael Payare (conductor).

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2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Tue 13 Mar 2018 19:30

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