Friday 10 May 2019

Leonard Slatkin conducts

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €15 more info

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  • Leonard Slatkin
    conductor
  • Alina Ibragimova
    violin
EVENT INFO
Programme:
  • CINDY McTEE

    Circuits / 6’

  • R. STRAUSS’

    Violin Concerto / 31

  • ELGAR

    Enigma Variations / 33’

Internationally acclaimed American maestro Leonard Slatkin is a podium star with presence with more awards than you can shake a stick who has led the world’s best orchestras. A treat is in store!

From the sublime to the sublime via the sublime. Treat after treat after treat, in fact, with a firing on all cylinders modern American classic, a German concerto brimming with youthful ardour and a masterpiece of English lyricism.

Cindy McTee’s kinetically propelled Circuits is like West Side Story on speed (not that kind!). An adrenaline-rush of urban immediacy, it’s a cartoon in perpetual fast forward. Try to keep up – if you can!

Apologies to all you 19-year-old composers out there, but Richard Strauss was 18 when he completed his Violin Concerto. Innocent and enraptured, it’s a glorious flowering of romance, unfettered passion and infatuation with melody – much like finding yourself in love for the first time. No, really. Star violinist Alina Ibragimova’s ‘special brand of virtuosity’ (The Guardian) is a guarantee of something special indeed.

Once heard, never forgotten. Elgar’s Enigma Variations have a way of getting under your skin. Portraits in music of the composer himself, his wife and friends, it’s a bit like Instagram, but so much better. A high-watermark of 20th-century English music, with one memorable, soaring tune after another, Elgar refused to provide an answer for the puzzle it contains. It’s not called Enigma for nothing!

LIKE A STRADIVARIUS, CONDUCTOR LEONARD SLATKIN JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME.
The Washington Post
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