Sound Out Sunday 25 August 2019
We've a contemporary choral concert tonight from Chamber Choir Ireland conducted by Paul Hillier that features works by three titans of 20th/21st century composition, Arvo Part, David Lang and Louis Andriessen. Combining ancient and contemporary texts, the programme includes Part’s The Deer’s Cry, songs from love, fail by Lang and Andriessen’s multi-lingual work Flora Tristan.
Russian composer Airat Ichmouratov made a name for himself as a high-profile busker on the streets on Montreal, but his music bears the hallmarks of Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Tonight we hear his rich orchestral writing in a new album for Chandos, a world premiere recording of overtures and his recent Symphony in A minor. We'll also explore the Piano Quintet by Amy Beach, a popular work she performed many times herself, newly recorded by the Takacs Quartet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson.
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The RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov performs Gerald Barry's Viola Concerto with the violist for whom it was written, Lawrence Power. A commission by Britten Sinfonia and RTÉ, it was recorded live at New Music Dublin 2020. We’ll also hear Julia Wolfe’s Flower Power composed for orchestra and the eclectic Bang on a Can All-Stars, a work inspired by a radical revolutionary moment - the late 1960's - a time when experimental ideas and questions permeated all parts of the political, social, and artistic landscapes.
Watch and listen below to diverse music by Irish and Icelandic composers, performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and recorded live in the National Concert Hall at New Music Dublin 2020.
Siobhán Cleary's Hum! is a musical theatre piece for two actors and string orchestra, a work of humour, conflict and tragedy with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ryan McAdams acting as greek chorus. They're all joined by the Ligeti Quartet for the world premiere of Jane O'Leary's Triptych in which four solo instruments act as a unit, layered with the incredibly soft sounds of the orchestra. And we'll hear Hugi Guðmundsson Box, a concerto for accordion, symphony orchestra and barrel organ performed with soloist Andreas Borregaard and conducted by Daniel Bjarnsson.