RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014
INSIDE THE MUSIC
SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 3pm
NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
HINDEMITH Violin Concerto (1939) [30']
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor [31']
ALAN SMALE violin
STEPHEN JOHNSON presenter
ALAN BURIBAYEV conductor
Music presenter and writer Stephen Johnson explores the scores of two contrasting works by two German-born composers from different eras: Beethoven's ever popular Symphony No. 5, dating from the first decade of the nineteenth century and Hindemith's Violin Concerto, composed in the late 1930s and a personal favourite of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's Leader Emeritus Alan Smale, who makes a welcome return as our concerto soloist.
In words and music, Stephen Johnson will take the music apart to show why for him the Fifth Symphony is 'one of the most gripping dramas in all orchestral music' and why the Violin Concerto, written in the USA after Hindemith had escaped the Third Reich, is about 'real passion, nobility, remarkable tenderness, inner strength and beautiful melodic lines which unwind like a silken ribbon'. Illustrative excerpts from each work will be presented prior to a complete performance.
Who is Stephen Johnson?
A regular presenter on BBC Radio 3's popular Discovering Music, BBC Radio 4 and World Service, Stephen Johnson is a celebrated musicologist and author and well-known in the UK for his hugely popular Tuned In concert presentations, in which he introduces and illustrates major orchestral works with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and similar concert presentations with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. In 2009 his radio documentary Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth, won a Sony Gold Award.
He has written for publications including The Independent, The Guardian and Gramophone and has been Chief Music Critic for The Scotsman (1998-9). He is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and is the author of Bruckner Remembered (Faber 1998) and studies of Mahler and Wagner (Naxos 2006, 2007).
Part of FORTE! The RTÉ NSO's Musical Discovery Programme
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