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Lunchtime concert shows off Ulster Orchestra's repertoire

Review: Ulster Orchestra at the Ulster Hall, Belfast

By Alf McCreary

The Ulster Orchestra continued its successful series of lunchtime concerts this week in a well-filled Ulster Hall.

The meaty menu included the Horn Concerto No 1 by Richard Strauss, under the baton of the orchestra's music director Rafael Payare.

The soloist was Paul Klein, the section leader with the Ulster Orchestra, and his assured performance of this difficult piece underlined the wealth of talent within the local ranks.

Payare recently conducted two top-class orchestras - the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester and the Philharmonia in London - in two very different programmes.

His reading of Mozart's Symphony No 41 in Belfast was confirmation of his stature, with the conductor and players combining seamlessly in a fine performance of one of Mozart's best-loved and most enduring works.

Payare and the Ulster Orchestra will perform Brahms Symphony No 1 in the Ulster Hall tomorrow evening and our superstar soloist Barry Douglas will play Tchaikovsky's 3rd Piano Concerto, to finish his trilogy of the composer's piano concertos.

This concert, which includes Piers Hellawell's special BBC commission Wild Flow, begins at 7.45pm.

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