Friday 08 March 2019

Kari Kriikku plays Saariaho

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €15 more info

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FEATURING
  • Ilan Volkov
    conductor
  • Kari Kriikku
    clarinet
EVENT INFO
Programme:
  • SAARIAHO

    D’om le vrai sens / 35’

  • MAHLER

    Symphony No. 7 / 77’

Senses at the ready for an astonishing modern marvel of a clarinet concerto and a rhapsodic Song of the Night from a symphonic master.

Hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste… they’re all part of D’om le vrai sens (‘Man’s true sense’) by Kaija Saariaho, a composer ‘not only of startling strangeness and originality, but also of haunting, other worldly beauty’ (Rough Guide to Classical Music).

A clarinet concerto composed for our guest soloist Kari Kriikku – ‘a physically flamboyant player of Olympian virtuosity’ (New York Times) – it promises a sensory experience like you’ve never had. Oh, and don’t be alarmed if Kari is suddenly standing next to you in the middle of it all, he’s meant to be! One thing is for sure: you’ll never listen to the clarinet again the same way!

In a list of magnificent but neglected symphonies, Mahler’s Seventh would rate pretty high. Banish all thoughts of mean, moody self-obsession. This is Mahler as you’ve never heard him before. Well, almost. It does, after all, start with a funeral march. But it ends in a glorious sunburst of colour and warmth and on the way it’s as playful, poetic and passionate as you could hope for.

“KRIIKKU…ELECTRIFYING EVERY TIME I’VE SEEN HIM PERFORM”
The New Yorker
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