The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's new season begins with music by three classical titans bursting with memorable melodies and all the thrilling drama and power of a symphony orchestra at full throttle - listen above, and download your digital concert programme here.

Prompted by a visit to Fingal's Cave on the remote Scottish island of Staffa, Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture exploits the orchestra to the full to create a musical postcard of unabashed romantic grandeur. Evoking the formidable majesty of the landscape and its mythic history, it brilliantly conjures the mighty Atlantic ocean crashing against Hebridean shores, whips up a tempestuous storm and can boast what has been called 'the greatest melody Mendelssohn ever wrote’.

Principal flautist and co-founder of Cassiopeia Winds, Catriona Ryan, takes centre stage for Mozart’s delightfully animated, tune-filled Second Flute Concerto. It’s an irresistibly meringue-light concoction, and just as sweet. Enchanting.

In the 250th anniversary of his birth, we continue our celebration of the genius that was Beethoven, a force of nature, an innovator, a radical, a revolutionary. Cast in the mysterious key of B flat, his Fourth Symphony moves between shadowy suspense and tongue-in-cheek wit to song-like gracefulness, balletic nimbleness and a high-spirited high-wire finale of quicksilver contrasts and prancing humour.



The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)


Flute Concerto No. 2 in D


Symphony No. 4