Barry Douglas performs Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Italian maestro Carlo Rizzi returns to Liverpool to conduct Barry Douglas in Brahms’ extended masterpiece, the second Piano Concerto. A work that demands not only great technical abilities from the pianist, but also a chamber-music-like sensitivity to the piano part’s interaction with the orchestra, the concerto appeals directly to Douglas’s proven qualities as a reflective virtuoso. The orchestra completes the programme with a performance of Saint-Saëns’ best known symphony, the mercurial Third, which is remarkable in its use of both piano and organ as part of the enhanced orchestral fabric. The resulting ride is at once both seductive and exceptionally exhilarating.

Barry Douglas continues to enjoy a major international solo career which has developed since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. In 1999, he formed Camerata Ireland an all Irish chamber orchestra, with players from both Northern and Southern Ireland to celebrate "the wealth of Irish musical talent" where he remains Artistic Director. He also continues as Artistic Director of the Clandeboye Festival, Ireland and the International Piano Festival, Manchester.

This season as soloist, Barry will return to Seattle Symphony, Hallé, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Radio Sinfonie Orchestra, Berlin, Melbourne Symphony, Singapore Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Philharmonic Hall, 3 June 2009, 7.30pm
Philharmonic Hall, 4 June 2009, 7.30pm
Malvern Theatre, 6 June 2009, 7.30pm

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No 2
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No 3 'Organ' Symphony

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