Johannes Brahms - 2nd Piano Concerto - Ulster Orchestra
Gabriel Bebeselea - Conductor
Boris Giltburg - Piano
Brahms - Piano Concerto No.2
Sibelius - Symphony No.2
Brahms was an absolute master of writing for the piano. He knew the sonorities of the instrument so well and was able to blend tenderness with drama in the most remarkable of ways. His Second Piano Concerto opens gently, but as it unfolds and expands, tonight’s soloist, Boris Giltburg, says: “Brahms creates a huge soundspace – you could fit mountains and meadows and a sunrise in it… you find everything in the concerto, with depth and lightness, happiness and pain, struggle and contentedness all equally present.
If it does indeed describe a life, or a slice of it, then performing it equates to having lived this full and very interesting life…” Sibelius wrote his Second Symphony while travelling in Italy and always claimed that it was inspired by the story of Don Juan, while Finnish audiences heard in it their struggle for independence from Russia. Whichever story you believe, the Second brings this concert to a richly romantic close.