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Beethoven at 250: Symphony No. 4

Mar 27 2020 - Mar 25 2020
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Ulster Hall 34 Bedford Street, Belfast, Antrim,

Works by Beethoven, Nielsen and up and coming Northern Irish composer Amy Rooney.

Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto is sparky, stormy work, with snare drum rolls challenging and goading the soloist to ever-greater heights of virtuosity. Clarinettist Mark Simpson shot to fame when he won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006 playing the Nielsen Concerto and it is a concerto that he still plays with deep personal attachment.

Alongside this we showcase a new work by up and coming NI composer Amy Rooney, and, marking his 250th birthday year, the concert opens and closes with Beethoven. The Overture to Egmont is quintessential Beethoven, with its stately opening that builds to a thrilling, powerful finale. Symphony No. 4 was famously described by Schumann as “a slender Grecian maiden between two Nordic giants” and is energetic and sunny, with a slow movement so lovely that Berlioz believed it had been written by the Archangel Michael and not a human at all!

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