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A Little Russian Odyssey

Daniele Rustioni conducts the Ulster Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony in C minor. Barry Douglas joins the orchestra for Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto.

Daniele Rustioni conducts the Ulster Orchestra in an all-Russian programme- featuring Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor "The Little Russian" and Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major performed by pianist Barry Douglas.

Presented by John Toal

Daniele Rustioni took up his position as principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra last year, and in this programme explores some truly exciting and colourful repertoire. Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments opens the concert, the piece was completed by the composer in 1923 and was one of the first times we see neo-classicism in Stravinsky's music.

Pianist Barry Douglas then joins the orchestra for Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, a piece he wrote for his son Maxim's 19th birthday- a work full of inventive writing for the solo instrument as well as orchestral acrobatics and rhythmic intensity.

To finish, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, affectionately nicknamed by his peers as "The Little Russian" because of his inclusion of well-known folk tunes of the time. Composed in 1872, the work was popular with audiences when it was first performed, and although a substantial work it is actually the composer's shortest symphony.

During the interval, John Toal speaks to pianist Barry Douglas about the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 as well as featuring some solo performances by Douglas from his recent album releases.

Ulster Orchestra
Daniele Rustioni (conductor)
Barry Douglas (piano)

Stravinsk:- Octet for Wind Instruments
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "The Little Russian"

Followed by music off disc:

Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve Suite
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Kees Bakels, conductor

2 hours, 28 minutes

Last on

Tue 15 Dec 2020 19:30

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op.102

    Performer: Barry Douglas. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Daniele Rustioni.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    June from The Seasons, Op.37b

    Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • Tchaikovsky Plus One.
    • Chandos.
    • 6.
  • Franz Schubert

    Liebesbotschaft from Schwanengesang, D.957

    Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • Schubert: Works for Solo Piano Vol.5.
    • Chandos.
    • 8.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Meditation, No.5 from 18 Pieces, Op.72

    Performer: Barry Douglas.
    • Tchaikovsky Plus One Vol.2.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 (Little Russian)

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Daniele Rustioni.
  • Jonathan Ticher

    Christmas Carol

    Music Arranger: Clare Wheeler. Choir: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: Owain Park.
  • James Walton

    Christmas Carol

    Music Arranger: Clare Wheeler. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Owain Park.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Christmas Eve Suite

    Orchestra: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kees Bakels.
    • BIS.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Suscipe quaeso Domine

    Ensemble: Gesualdo Six. Conductor: Owain Park.
    • English Motets.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Clara Schumann

    Mein Stern

    Performer: Eugene Asti. Singer: Susan Gritton.
    • Hyperion.

Broadcast

  • Tue 15 Dec 2020 19:30

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