The Ulster Orchestra are bringing Mozart's Jupiter to the comfort of your home on Friday 30 April 2021.
This is a concert packed full of compositional fireworks and innovative creativity, ranging from one of the first pinnacles of symphonic writing right up to the modern day and the world premiere of a concerto written specially for this concert.
Respighi was a master of imitating nature in his writing, a skill and flair that rightly place pieces such as The Pines of Rome among the best-loved in his output. Gli Uccelli (‘The Birds’) is a tone poem that depicts doves, hens, nightingales and cuckoos in a wonderful musical aviary that takes flight and soars with elegance and charm.
Composer Marcello Bonanno studied in Palermo alongside Ulster Orchestra Principal Clarinet Francesco Paolo Scola (who celebrates 10 years with the Ulster Orchestra in 2021) and tonight marks the fulfilment of Marcello’s wish to write a piece for Francesco, held since their college days – a fine celebration of a friendship! Fittingly for a work inspired by a long friendship, the work takes the title in quella parte del libro de la mia memoria (‘In that part of the book of my memory’), which comes from Dante’s text ‘Vita Nova’ and it explores the elusiveness and nuance of fragments of memory.
The concert finishes with Mozart’s final symphony, nicknamed Jupiter. It’s his most complex and innovative symphony, which weaves together the strands of all he has learnt and presents this with absolute brilliance, meaning that this work rightly sits as one of the high points and masterpieces of symphonic writing.
From the vast emotional impact of the opening movement through to that astonishing masterclass of counterpoint in the finale, this is a work that tells you everything about what Mozart achieved in his short life and offers a tantalising glimpse of what might have come in the future.