Ulster Orchestra are performing Polish Heroes on 08 October 2021 in the iconic surroundings of the Ulster Hall.
British-Polish conductor Jacek Kaspszyk takes the podium for a concert that features music by, and about, heroes from his Polish heritage. Krzysztof Penderecky’s Ciaccona/Chaconne was a 2005 addition to his Polish Requiem, which was written to honour victims and heroes of Polish history, with the later addition written to honour the late Pope, John Paul II.
Chopin wrote two piano concertos within a year of each other, while in his late teens and making plans to leave Poland. Despite his youth, this expressive work is an emotionally and musically mature concerto, designed to showcase the pianist as the absolute star of the show. Argentinian Ingrid Fliter is one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin, making her the perfect guest to perform this brilliantly poetic work.
“Ingrid Fliter was born to play Chopin… Fliter has a natural, utterly compelling feel and flair for this music, its suppleness of pulse, its glow, its sparkle, its touching fragility and its forceful impetus.” Daily Telegraph
To close the concert, we move from Poland to the Viennese countryside for Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. Beethoven’s relentless struggles with fate are temporarily set aside as he takes delight in rural life. This is a countryside not unlike our own, coming complete with familiar birdsong in the air, carousing locals – and an inevitable thunderstorm!