Victor HERBERT (1859–1924)
Cello Concertos Nos. 1* and 2*
Irish Rhapsody for Grand Orchestra
Mark Kosower, Cello*
Ulster Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta
Listen to an excerpt from
Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30

Irish-born Victor Herbert was one of the most celebrated names in American music in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A cellist, conductor, and composer of light operas, he was also a recording artist. His two Cello Concertos are full of graceful melodies, the First having a songlike slow movement and a spirited Polonaise finale that earned praise at its 1885 première in Stuttgart. The Second Concerto, scored for a large orchestra, is more tightly constructed than the First. It was hearing this work that inspired Herbert’s boss at the National Conservatory in New York, Antonín Dvořák, to write his own great B minor Cello Concerto.


Mark Kosower   •   JoAnn Falletta   •   Ulster Orchestra
About JoAnn Falletta
JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center of North Carolina. She was also Principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra from 2011-2014. Recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, winner of the Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter conducting awards, Falletta has also received twelve ASCAP awards and served on the U.S. National Council on the Arts. A champion of American music, she has presented over five hundred works by American composers including 110 world premières.
About Mark Kosower
Mark Kosower studied with János Starker and Joel Krosnick. As a soloist he has appeared with the Orchestre de Paris, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra among others, and collaborated with preeminent conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, and Franz Welser-Möst. He also appeared in recital at the de Doelen in Rotterdam, on the Great Performers Series at the Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, he has been Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra and a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2010.
About the Ulster Orchestra
For almost fifty years the Ulster Orchestra has been at the forefront of musical life in Northern Ireland. Founded in 1966, the orchestra’s sixty three full-time musicians form the region’s only professional symphony orchestra and celebrates its 50th anniversary in the 2016/17 season. In 2014 the orchestra appointed Rafael Payare as its Chief Conductor, joining a distinguished line of past principal conductors including JoAnn Falletta, Bryden Thomson, Vernon Handley, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Thierry Fischer and Kenneth Montgomery. The orchestra gives around forty evening and lunchtime concerts each season in the Ulster Hall, and in the Belfast Waterfront, and performs for the BBC Radio 3 invitational concert series and in BBC’s Proms in the Park celebrations each year.

“The performances are splendid in their appreciation and affection for Moeran’s music and the recording is excellent.”

“Even in the composer’s most demanding passages, there’s no sense that the cellist is being pushed beyond his limits, and his sound remains rich and full throughout the cello’s range.”

“The performances are first rate in all respects…JoAnn Falletta gets an enthusiastic response from the Ulster Orchestra, and her interpretive choices (tempos especially) sound unerringly right.” ;

“Mark Kosower sports an attractive timbre and he shapes the tunes with incisive rhythm and a nice feeling for the music’s melodic curves.”