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Review: Mozart goes down well for lunch on fine spring day

 

'The orchestra was conducted by New Zealander Tianyi Lu, who began by giving the packed and appreciative Ulster Hall audience a brief summary of the two works before and after the main feature' (stock photo)
'The orchestra was conducted by New Zealander Tianyi Lu, who began by giving the packed and appreciative Ulster Hall audience a brief summary of the two works before and after the main feature' (stock photo)
Alf McCreary

By Alf McCreary

The Ulster Orchestra continued its successful series of lunchtime concerts by featuring one of its own senior players, Paul Klein, in Mozart's well-known Horn Concerto No 4.

The orchestra was conducted by New Zealander Tianyi Lu, who began by giving the packed and appreciative Ulster Hall audience a brief summary of the two works before and after the main feature.

This was because the Mozart Horn Concerto was the subject of a post-concert talk for the benefit of a large number of school pupils who have been studying it this year.

The concert began with an assured performance of The Banks Of Green Willow by English composer George Butterworth. This was composed shortly before the First World War, and it had all the wistful nostalgia of a comparatively innocent bygone age.

Klein gave a most assured performance of the Mozart Horn Concerto No 4, with a well-judged backing from his colleagues.

The concert was rounded off by Ravel's Mother Goose Suite which is not one of his more memorable works, but the mood music was just right on a pleasant spring afternoon in Belfast.

The orchestra's final lunch-time concert of the season is on Thursday, May 16 with an offering of 'Hungarian Spice'.

Its next big evening concert is Good Friday in the Ulster Hall when the main work will be Mozart's Requiem.

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