Symphony No.11 / 28’ world premiere
Piano Concerto No.3 / 27’
Symphony No.3 / 29’
A thrill-a-minute piano concerto, a rousing and vibrant symphony and the world premiere performance of an Irish master’s new symphony promises a night to remember.
The most popular of Prokofiev’s three Piano Concertos, the Third is an animated display of virtuoso fireworks combining eccentricity and humour to brilliant effect. A rollercoaster of a work, written with tongue firmly in cheek, it is guaranteed to leave you a little out of breath but with a huge, satisfying grin.
Sibelius’s Third Symphony finds the orchestra animatedly talking to itself: different sections taking turns to lead a conversation that moves from an energetic blend of scurrying peasant dances and hymn-like grandeur via gentle, poetic restraint to a rousing climax of orchestral power and potency.
A towering figure in contemporary Irish music, John Kinsella’s Symphony No.11 continues his life-long love for the evocative soundworld of Sibelius, the father of modern Finnish music. Dotted throughout the three-movement work are telling echoes of Sibelius’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies, lit up by revealing use of solo trombone and glockenspiel – an unlikely but altogether mesmeric combination.
Joining the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for this unmissable event are the ‘electrifying’ (ResMusica) conductor Jean Deroyer and ‘knockout’ (Bachtrack) pianist Vadym Kholodenko.
National Concert Hall
National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, IrelandOpen Larger Map