The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott Friday 9 April 2021
Paul Herriott presents from the stage of the National Concert Hall where the musicians of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra are joined by pianist Finghin Collins, directing from the piano.
Originally composed 'for the harpsichord or forte-piano', Haydn’s last keyboard concerto, the Eleventh in D, became the most popular of his 40 concertos during his lifetime. And no wonder, with its sparkling keyboard writing and poetic sense of well-being capped by an animated finale infused with dazzling Gypsy vitality and colour.
Mozart’s appropriately titled Jeunehomme Piano Concerto – his Ninth – was composed on the cusp of the prodigy turning 21 and is regarded as his first truly mature masterpiece. From the start, the piano carries itself with all the confident brio, mischievous wit and capacity to surprise that seems to be the very personification of Mozart himself. Despite its modest forces it boasts a bracing sense of scale and spaciousness with an aching aria-like middle movement of becoming pathos and dark-hued beauty.
Haydn Piano Concerto no. 11 in D Hob. XVIII/11
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major 'Jeunehomme'
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Finghin Collins (piano/director)
Peter Whelan conducts an all-Mozart programme which includes The Impresario Overture, Symphony No. 39, and arias from Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni performed by Aoife Miskelly (photo Frances Marshall).
Mozart: Der Schauspieldirektor OvertureK.486
Mozart: 'In uomini, in Soldati' from Così fan tutte
Mozart: 'Giunse Alfin il momento'/' Deh vieni non tardar' from Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart: Batti, batti o bel Masetto' from Don Giovanni
Mozart: Symphony 39, K.543
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Peter Whelan, conductor
Aoife Miskelly, soprano
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra present a concert of Christmas favourites with a host of great guests under the direction of Gavin Maloney. Their musical Christmas stocking will include some ballet dances from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker to choral favourites with RTÉ Cór na nÓg and Cór Linn. Soloists Rachel Croash and Brian Dunphy will have you Decking the Halls and Roasting Chestnuts, and Zoe Conway & John McIntyre will add a uniquely Irish flair to the proceedings.
Join Paul Herriott and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy as they celebrate the 2021 in Viennese style. Soprano Celine Byrne adds some sparkle for the day that is in it as she sings arias by Lehar, Strauss and Sieczynski.