Mahler, Korngold and Mendelssohn with Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE: Friday 28 May 2021

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE
Mahler, Korngold and Mendelssohn with Chief Conductor Jaime Martín and mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught
Friday 28 May 2021
Live-streamed on rte.ie/culture and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm  

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE continues on Friday 28th May with Chief Conductor Jaime Martín making a welcome return for a programme of Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Korngnold’s 6 Einfache Lieder (Six Simple Songs) performed by mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, collaborating with Jaime for the first time, and Mendelssohn’s First Symphony. The performance will be live-streamed from the National Concert Hall on rte.ie/culture, broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm and presented by Paul Herriott. 

 Popularised by its use in Luchino Visconti’s 1971 film, Death in Venice, the darkly melting Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony – a love letter in musical form that is one of the most sublime passages in all music. The calm after the storm, the dawn after the long dark night of the soul, it seems simultaneously meditative and confessional. Intensely poetic and deeply personal, it is a love song cast as an extended, elevated serenade as delicately dreamy as it is passionate and searing. 

Korngold was only 13 when he began composing his Sechs Einfache Lieder – ‘Six Simple Songs’ setting poems by Joseph Eichendorff – but they already reveal a composer of immense talent and considerable resources. Ripely romantic, richly impressionistic, they are glorious heart-on-sleeve creations in which Korngold’s signature soaring emotions, lustrous harmonies and dramatic immediacy is already fully formed. 

Mendelssohn’s First Symphony was composed when he was not much older than Korngold. A minor miracle from a 15-year-old, the influence of Mozart, Beethoven and others is everywhere to be found here. But so, too, that quicksilver brilliance, electric energy and teeming lyricism that was distinctively Mendelssohn’s own and would become his musical signature. 

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE 
Live-streamed on rte.ie/culture and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm
Friday 28 May, 7pm
National Concert Hall 

Jaime Martín, conductor
Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano
Presented by Paul Herriott, RTÉ lyric fm 

Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Korngold 
Einfache Lieder (Six Simple Songs)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 1