Friday 10 January 2020

Towards 2022

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €15 more info

  • George Jackson
  • Martin Johnson
  • Boydell

    In memoriam Mahatma Gandhi / 12’

  • Ina Boyle

    Psalm for Cello and Orchestra / 9’

  • Ina Boyle

    Elegy for Cello and Orchestra / 11’

  • Stanford

    Symphony No.3, ‘The Irish’ / 43’

The RTÉ NSO celebrates three very different voices who helped to define the sound and spirit of Irish music in the 20th century.

Conductor George Jackson – ‘absolutely enthralling from first bar to last’ (Classical Source) – leads the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, with our own cello section leader Martin Johnson stepping into the limelight for two exquisite works for cello and orchestra.

Composed in 1948 for the Raidió Éireann Symphony Orchestra, Brian Boydell’s In memoriam Mahatma Gandhi placed Irish music at the centre of world events at the time. A tribute to the recently assassinated Indian leader, its tragic character develops from slow introspection to a fierce climax in music that married the political and the personal to altogether moving effect.

A pioneering female voice much admired by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ina Boyle has emerged out of long neglect in recent years to be recognised as a composer of distinctive gifts. Composed 24 years apart, her deeply personal, effortlessly elegant and quietly compelling Psalm (1927) and Elegy (her first complete work, 1913) for cello – her favourite instrument – and orchestra are beautifully crafted dialogues.

Considered the greatest composer to come out of Ireland in the late 19th century, Charles Villiers Stanford’s Third Symphony draws its inspiration from Ireland’s folk-songs and landscapes – hence its Irish title. Familiar, timeless tunes are infused with the spirit of Brahms to produce a symphony of striking colour, a splash of nostalgia and a beautifully proportioned romantic grandeur.