David Fennessy – Conquest of the Useless @ New Music Dublin
“A vision had seized hold of me, a large steamship scaling a hill under its own steam, working its way up a steep slope in the jungle, while above this natural landscape, which shatters the weak and the strong with equal ferocity, soars the voice of Caruso, silencing all the pain and all the voices of the primeval forest and drowning out all birdsong” - Herzog, The Conquest of the Useless, 2004
The Conquest of the Useless - Werner Herzog’s account of the making of his film Fitzcarraldo - has fuelled the creation of David Fennessy’s monolithic new work of the same name, which will be played in its entirely for the first time at New Music Dublin 2018.
“David Fennessy, Glasgow-based composer of deep sensitivity, style and a knack for doing imaginative things with old samples, has constructed his own kind of impossible Caruso obsession” The Guardian
This is the world premiere of the complete performance of this breathtaking composition about a musician’s obsession with the compelling vision of Werner Herzog. The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra perform David Fennessy’s iconoclastic Conquest of the Useless, with the composer himself playing electric guitar.
RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Electric guitar David Fennessy
Electronics Peter Dowling
Singer Jennifer Johnston
Conductor Jean Deroyer
Published on 31 January 2018