Ulster Orchestra - The Great Concertos: Elgar's Violin Concerto

Apr 13 2018
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Ulster Orchestra Ulster Hall Bedford Street, Belfast,
 028 9023 9900

Join Ulster Orchestra for another fantastic instalment of their Great Concertos series.

Join Ulster Orchestra for another fantastic instalment of their Great Concertos series. The violin was Elgar's own instrument and his Violin Concerto is almost like a personal confession, expansive and compelling. The solo part combines the singing quality of Beethoven with the symphonic drama of Brahms, full of bravura technique and brilliance. To perform this monumental work, an English violinist who has made the Elgar Violin Concerto her signature, Tasmin Little, will perform at this concert.

"Little is tender, velvet, winsome, always beguiling, never de trop, with complete mastery of the pianissimo caress - a gift essential for the slow movement's intimacies and the finale's stupendous accompanied cadenza... Little couldn't be cold if she tried, she knows just how to make her violin sing." (The Times)

To accompany this, one of the finest British symphonies of the last 25 years; David Matthews's Symphony No.8. Matthews's work is rooted in the traditions of Haydn and Beethoven, bringing those traditions up to date and renewing them. Symphony No.8 has a tang of sea, inspired by vapour trails in the sky over Deal in Kent and the entire symphony, with its striding rhythms, lush lyricism and its effortless yet highly accomplished invention, will be a new pleasure to enjoy.

Free pre-concert talk at 7pm with Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen and composer David Matthews. All are welcome.

This event is in partnership with Resonate, a PRS Foundation initiative in partnership with Association of British Orchestras, BBC Radio 3 and Boltini Trust.


Sibelius: Pohjola's Daughter
David Matthews: Symphony No.8
Elgar: Violin Concerto

Conductor: Jac van Steen
Violin: Tasmin Little

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