RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Waterford

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Waterford

Saturday, 6 April 2019, 7.30pm

Programme:
SIBELIUS
Finlandia / 8’

BEETHOVEN
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano / 33’

TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 7, ‘The Symphony of Life’ / 40

Three giants of the 19th century, three masterpieces and the Fidelio Trio. Perhaps three really is the perfect number after all!

Rooted in Finnish soil, Sibelius’s Finlandia is a patriotic and passionate tribute to a country breaking free from Russian occupation, its famous middle section (borrowed for the hauntingly beautiful hymn Be still, my soul) a stirring, unofficial national anthem.

The ‘compelling and electrifying’ (Sunday Tribune) Fidelio Trio join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s remarkable Triple Concerto – a one-of-a-kind from the German genius. And proof that three into one does go as violin, cello and piano join the orchestra in a rich, beautifully balanced dialogue between equals.

‘Composed simply for the sake of composing’, Tchaikovsky’s Seventh Symphony was abandoned before it was finished (composers, eh?) and later reconstructed by a.n.other. A patchwork quilt of borrowed themes, it’s Tchaikovsky without the angst: light, effervescent and dance-like. Making the most of what a symphony orchestra can do, it’s not called The Symphony of Life for nothing.

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Published on 20 March 2019

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