Ulster Orchestra presents Beethoven at 250 : Symphony No.5 at the Ulster Hall 17 April 2020 with Chief Conductor Tianyi Lu Conductor.
Beethoven’s Overture to Coriolan and his Fifth Symphony are perfectly paired, both themed around grappling with Fate. In the play that inspired the overture, Coriolanus’s struggle with Fate didn’t end well, but Beethoven’s tussle in the Fifth Symphony results in one of classical music’s most glorious moments of victory, conveyed in the brilliant sunshine of the Symphony’s finale. It’s exciting, exhilarating and utterly triumphant.
For this concert, Beethoven is paired with a piano concerto by his friend and contemporary, Anton Reicha. Our soloist, Ivan Ilic, is a champion of Reicha’s music, and says: 'This is somebody who was a long-time friend of Beethoven, a student of Haydn, the counterpoint teacher of Berlioz, Franck, and Liszt… He’s like an historical nexus.'
"To hear his music is an opportunity to indulge one’s curiosity." - Anton Reicha
Your curiosity will be rewarded with one of classical music’s hidden gems.
- Beethoven Overture: Coriolan
- Reicha Piano Concerto
- Beethoven Symphony No. 5
- Tianyi Lu Conductor
- Ivan Ilic Piano