Rafael Payare conducts the Ulster Orchestra in music by Kevin Volans and Dvorak. Craig Ogden is soloist in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.
Live from the Ulster Hall, Belfast
Presented by John Toal
Volans: Strip-Weave (rev. 2005)
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, op. 95 (From the New World)
Craig Ogden, guitar
Rafael Payare, conductor
Live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast and presented by John Toal, the Ulster Orchestra is joined by Rafael Payare, its recently announced Chief Conductor from Autumn 2014, and guitarist Craig Ogden in a concert of music by Kevin Volans, Rodrigo and Dvorak.
To celebrate the Commonwealth the orchestra perform a sparkling work, filled with rhythmic drive: Strip-weave was commissioned by the Ulster Orchestra in 2002 from the South African composer, Kevin Volans.
Rodrigo's Concierto Aranjuez refers to a famous royal enclave on the road to Andalusia on the Tagus river near Madrid. According to Rodrigo, the music "seems to bring to life the essence of eighteenth-century court life, where aristocratic distinction blends with popular culture."
When Dvorák's symphony "From the New World" received its premiere in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1893, each movement ended with wild cheers from the crowd. Dvorak had spent some years in the US during the 1890s and he developed an interest in Native American music and African-American spirituals, both of which influenced this, his Ninth Symphony.