Culture Journal Ireland

Rachmaninov Second by Ulster Orchestra

Since the Ulster Orchestra has started it’s live on your doorstep series, bringing it away from it’s comfort blanket of Belfast, it has been very warmly received. On this occasion it was lead by virtuoso Pianist Barry Douglas at Derry’s Guildhall. Viewed as one of his most complex, yet most celebrated pieces, Rachmaninov was on a bit of a low when he wrote his second piano concerto; his first having been heavily panned by the critics, he went into a deep state of depression, and there are those who even say that he wrote the piece under a state of severe psychosis. The piece was originally starts with piano alone…

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