New Works by Albert Schnelzer, John Kinsella and Shaun Davey in RTÉ NSO Season

Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer

New Works by Albert Schnelzer, John Kinsella and Shaun Davey in RTÉ NSO Season

Recently announced Chief Conductor Jaime Martín will give Irish premiere of Swedish composer Schnelzer’s 'Burn My Letters'; John Kinsella's 11th Symphony will be premiered in November.

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra last week announced its 2019/20 season.

This is the first year with the NSO’s new Chief Conductor Jaime Martín. Martín will conduct six concerts, performing works such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C, Ian Wilson’s 2001 work Man-o’-War, and Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto with Franco-Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović as soloist.

In December, Martín will also conduct the Irish premiere of Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer’s Burn My Letters, a work inspired by the legacy of composer and pianist Clara Schumann. A co-commission by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the NSO, the world premiere will take place in Sweden in November.

Pipes and orchestra
The 2019/20 season opens on 6 September with a concert focussed on the work of Shaun Davey, and featuring a new piece for uilleann pipes and orchestra dedicated to the memory of the late Liam O’Flynn. The NSO will be joined by singer Rita Connolly, piper Mark Redmond and percussionist Noel Eccles for the concert.

On 29 November, Jean Deroyer – who conducted Jennifer Walshe’s and David Fennessy’s premieres at New Music Dublin this year – will conduct the world premiere of Irish composer John Kinsella’s Symphony No. 11. The concert will also feature Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3.

Stutzmann and Montero
Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann will conduct four concerts this season, including Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto (soloist to be announced) and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. In September, she will conduct Beethoven’s fourth Piano Concerto with Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg as soloist, and, in October, Bruch ’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich.

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero will join Martín on 14 February to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Other soloists featured in the season include Fiachra Garvey performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with conductor Mihhail Gerts on 13 September; Maxim Vengerov playing the Brahms Violin Concerto with David Brophy conducting on 20 March; and Viktoria Mullova performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 on 3 April under Martín.

Folk songs and film
On St Patricks’ Day next year, singer Mary Black will join the orchestra to perform orchestrated versions of her songs. Brian Byrne will conduct.

As part of the season there will also be screening of the films The Wizard of Oz (18 December) and Apollo 13 (13 March) with live orchestra.

Over 43 performances from September to May, the NSO will also perform Elaine Agnew’s Make a Wish, which was written to mark RTÉ Lyric FM’s 10th anniversary; Stanford’s Requiem; Boydell’s In Memoriam Mahatma Gandhi; two works by Ina Boyle; Sofia Gubaidulina’s 1971 Fairytale Poem; and the Irish premiere of American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ Musica Celestis (1990).

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Published on 10 June 2019

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