Friday 28 September

The Planets

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €15 more info

  • José Serebrier
  • Alexandre Kantorow
  • Ladies of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir
    Guest chorus master Desmond Earley
  • Presented by Michael Lee, RTÉ lyric fm

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 / 9’


    Symphonic B A C H Variations for Piano and Orchestra / 19’ WORLD PREMIERE


    The Planets / 51

Music to chill the spine, to take you around the solar system and to help you boost your social media profile by attending a world premiere. (We think of everything!)

You’ll know the eerie opening of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor the moment you hear it. Probably from one of the 178 films it has featured in. (Can you name them all?) A virtuosic, sit-up-and-listen work originally for solo organ, its bold orchestral makeover is a thing bursting with manic energy, driving passion and not a little delirium. Once heard, never forgotten.

Holst’s The Planets is really for the astrologers among you – although astronomers shouldn’t feel left out. Star-gazing or planet-hopping, either way it’s an epic experience. Packed with more memorable tunes and orchestral muscle than your average superhero movie soundtrack, it blazes with colour, drama, mystery, menace, poetry… we could go on… enough anyway, to satisfy your inner guru and inner geek.

Drum roll, please. And that world premiere we promised you: a new piano concerto by the legendary, multi-tasking (he’ll also be conducting!) José Serebrier: Symphonic B A C H Variations. No, not that Bach, the letters in German (we’re big fans of multi-culturalism] are for musical notes. Proving that less is more, it puts to kaleidoscopic a four-note sequence in every conceivable permutation. Serebrier says it will be ‘relentless’. (Sounds like a metaphor to us.)  ‘The young Tsar of the piano’ (Classica) Alexandre Kantorow takes centre stage for a moment of musical history making. Just remember: you heard it with the RTÉ NSO first!