RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra The Seven-Thirty Summer Evening Concert Series
Musical Postcards: Ireland
An Irish Journey Through Time from the 15th Century to 21st Century
Featuring Anúna and Linda Lampenius, violin
Friday 30 July 2010, 7.30pm
National Concert Hall
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Anúna is legitimate folklore that weaves religious and secular threads into an enchanting sonic tapestry...
With Anúna, the worlds of choral, classical and traditional music intersect with ease, a place where heaven meets the horizon in perfect coalescence.
In today's programme...
A journey through time in Ireland's musical heritage and a perfect ending to the RTE National Symphony Orchestra's musical journeys.
Joining the RTÉ NSO are Anúna, whose unique choral sound has placed them at the fore-front of world choral music and innovation, and the sensational Finnish violinist and Finnish X Factor judge Linda Lampenius.
In addition to Anúna director Michael McGlynn's specially-composed suite The Last Rose, a medley of some of Thomas Moore's best-loved melodies, An Irish Journey through Time will feature a new arrangement of I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls and O'Carolan's Farewell to Music for solo violin and orchestra as well as material from Anúna's newly-released CD 'The Best of Anúna', including Pie Jesu, Dúlamán, Jerusalem, Media Vita, Ceann Dubh Dílís and The Rising of the Sun.
Speaking of the CD 'The Best of Anúna', director Michael McGlynn said: "Choosing material for this release was the hardest job that I have ever had to do for a recording. There are some obvious inclusions such as "Jerusalem" and "Dúlamán", but I have also included what I would see as the most defining pieces of our recorded output, "Island" and "Nobilis Humilis" [2009 version] being such examples. Although the earliest material recorded on this release dates back to 1991, the sound we create has not changed at its core, despite the huge turn-over of singers in nineteen years."
Lampenius, a graduate of the prestigious Sibelius Academy, is one of the most versatile and accomplished players of her generation. Recently she recorded and toured the USA with Anúna as part of the award-winning PBS recording and broadcast "Anúna - Celtic Origins" and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, La Scala Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Some of what you will hear in the concert...
Linda playing 'Aisling' by Michael McGlynn, accompanied by RTÉ NSO Principal Harpist, Andreja Malir.
Greensleeves/Scarborough Fair: Anúna featuring Linda Lampenius
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