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)
Rafael Payare (conductor).