A Postcard From The New World and The Old
Due to ill-health Gilbert Varga, conductor, has withdrawn from this Friday’s performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing. He will be replaced by the British/Italian conductor Damian Iorio, making his RTÉ NSO debut. The programme will remain as advertised with Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’.
The 8pm performance will be followed by a Late Night recital by Eldbjørg Hemsing playing both violin and Hardanger fiddle and also making her RTÉ NSO debut. Her programme includes traditional folk tunes from Valdres, Hemsing’s home area, followed by what Hemsing calls ‘virtuoso music at its best’ with the Bach Largo and Allegro Assai from Sonata No. 3, Sommerfeldt’s Sonata Saxifraga, an atmospheric piece honouring the delicate yet enduring Norwegian mountain plant Saxifraga cotyledon and Ysaÿe's piece ‘Ballade’ dedicated to George Enescu. Full details below.
Eldbjørg Hemsing violin
Damian Iorio conductor, replacing Gilbert Varga
A musical journey between the Old World of Europe – in Lalo’s rhapsodic celebration of Spanish folk songs – and the New World of America in Dvorak’s stirring Ninth Symphony, with its unforgettably stirring blend of Native American and African- American melodies and tunes from his native Bohemia. Heard in countless television adverts and films, it remains a work of epic dimensions, with music that is gloriously fresh, vital, and alive to the ear. The acclaimed young Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing is our soloist.
Soundings, 7pm: Damian Iorio in conversation
Late Night, 9.45pm (30 minutes)
Norwegian folk music and more with Eldbjørg Hemsing, violin/Hardanger fiddle
Norwegian folk tunes
J. S. Bach Largo and Allegro Assai from Sonata No. 3 in C major
Øistein Sommerfeldt Sonata Saxifraga
Eugene Ysaye Sonata No. 3 ’Ballade’
A 30 minute recital featuring traditional folk tunes from Valdres, Eldbjorg Hemsing’s home area, followed by, what Hemsing calls ‘virtuoso music at its best’ with the Bach, Sommerfeldt’s Sonata Saxifraga, an atmospheric piece honouring the delicate yet enduring Norwegian mountain plant Saxifraga cotyledon and, to finish, Ysaÿe's piece ‘Ballade’ dedicated to George Enescu.
8pm concert: €10, €18, €24, €30, €35 (concessions €9, €16, €22, €27, €32)
Late Night concert: €5 (unreserved seating) | Free if attending 8pm concert
Booking (no fees): +35314170000 | www.nch.ie | www.rte.ie/nso