Friday 17 January 2020

Dvořák Requiem

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

Tickets: from €28.50 more info

  • Adrienn Miksch
  • Patricia Bardon
  • Julian Hubbard
  • William Thomas
  • RTÉ Philharmonic Choir
  • Dvořák

    Requiem / 90’

Conceived for the concert hall rather than the church, Dvořák’s Requiem is that rarest of things: a Mass for the dead that celebrates life.

Although himself a devout Catholic, Dvořák’s Requiem is a religious work for a secular age. Opening with solemn reverence and ending in quiet reflection, in between is music of contrasting beauty and drama, as poetic as it is powerful and always deeply moving.

Composed for the Birmingham Festival in England as Dvořák neared his 50th birthday, the Requiem has a special place in the hearts of his fellow Czechs, excerpts from it sung at the funeral of playwright, political activist and first president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, in 2011.

A masterly blend of solo voices, massed choral forces and orchestral opulence driven along by a single, four-note theme that threads itself through the entire Requiem with all the bewitching songfulness of an angelic choir.

The ‘inspired and inspiring’ (Seen and Heard) conductor Patrik Ringborg returns to lead the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and a quartet of acclaimed soloists in music of thrilling intensity. Never has sorrow sounded so stirring.

Four immensely impressive voices join as soloists: the ‘powerful and compelling’ (Seen and Heard) soprano of Adrienn Miksch, the ‘peerless’ (Opera Britannia) alto of Patricia Bardon, the ‘highly sensitive lyricism’ (Irish Times) of tenor Julian Hubbard and rising star bass Will Thomas, winner of the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award.