Respighi and Sibelius, Haydn and Mozart

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE: Fridays 30 April and 7 May

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE
Fridays 30 April and 7 May 2021
Live-streamed on rte.ie/culture and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE continues on Fridays 30 April and 7 May with Proinnsías Ó Duinn conducting the Third Suite from Respighi‘s Ancient Airs and Dances and Pelléas et Mélisande by Sibelius (30 April) and Finghin Collins directing, from the keyboard, piano concerti by Haydn and Mozart: Haydn’s Eleventh and Mozart’s Ninth, the ‘Jeunehomme’. Both concerts will be live-streamed from the National Concert Hall on rte.ie/culture, broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm and presented by Paul Herriott. Full details below.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE
Live-streamed on www.rte.ie/culture and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm
Friday 30 April 2021, 7pm
National Concert Hall

Proinnsías Ó Duinn conductor

Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
Sibelius Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46

One of the most prolific and popular Italian composers of the early 20th century, Ottorino Respighi was also a respected musicologist, deeply involved with the music of the Renaissance. Drawing from the period’s lute music, his three Suites of Ancient Airs and Dances add a luxurious orchestral gloss to antiquity that makes the past come vividly alive, clothed in warmer textures and richer colours. Qualities brilliantly realised by the sumptuous strings-only voices of the Third Suite.

As you might expect from a story of forbidden romance and heightened passions, Sibelius’s Pelléas et Mélisande is an emotional tour de force. Drawn from incidental music composed for Maurice Maeterlinck’s play, its nine short episodes describe an ill-fated ménage a trois in music of unforgettably aching poetry and overwhelming power

 

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra LIVE
Live-streamed on rte.ie/culture and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm
Friday 7 May 2021, 7pm
National Concert Hall

Finghin Collins piano/director
Presented by Paul Herriott, RTÉ lyric fm

Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11 in D, Hob. XVIII/11
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, ‘Jeunehomme’

Finghin Collins directs two brilliant piano concertos by giants of the form.

Originally composed ‘for the harpsichord or forte-piano’, Haydn’s last keyboard concerto, the Eleventh in D, became the most popular of his 40 concertos during his lifetime. And no wonder, with its sparkling keyboard writing and poetic sense of well-being capped by an animated finale infused with dazzling Gypsy vitality and colour.

Mozart’s appropriately titled Jeunehomme Piano Concerto – his Ninth – was composed on the cusp of the prodigy turning 21 and is regarded as his first truly mature masterpiece. From the start, the piano carries itself with all the confident brio, mischievous wit and capacity to surprise that seems to be the very personification of Mozart himself. Despite its modest forces it boasts a bracing sense of scale and spaciousness with an aching aria-like middle movement of becoming pathos and dark-hued beauty.