Ulster Orchestra presents Rustioni Conducts Chopin & Bruckner at the Ulster Hall 15 May 2020.
Chopin’s two piano concertos were written within a year of each other as the composer, in his late teens, was making plans to leave his native Poland.
He premièred the First Concerto in Warsaw before first heading to Vienna and then Paris, never to return to his homeland. This Concerto is designed to showcase the pianist as the absolute star of the show.
Chopin’s writing is inventive, poetic and brilliant, resulting in a concerto with an eloquence and operatic flair that belied the composer’s youth. '... [Benjamin Grosvenor displayed] refined, poetic playing, a perfectly applied, dark-veiled tone and fold-upon-fold of decorations... you could lose yourself forever at the give-and take of his rubato and the way he can make Chopin sing.' - Classical Source
Bruckner’s insecurities as a composer meant he often revised and rewrote work, but the Sixth Symphony was a particular favourite of his and therefore remained as he originally composed it. And there is much to love about its dynamism, rhythmic invention and orchestral colour – its fire and drama make it a compelling listen.
- Mozart Overture: La clemenza di Tito
- Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
- Bruckner Symphony No. 6
- Daniele Rustioni Conductor
- Benjamin Grosvenor Piano