RTE Television

Mozart Sessions

In RTÉ Television's major celebration of the Mozart anniversary year, eight young stars of the Irish music scene, including pianist Finghin Collins, violinist Sarah Sexton and sopranos Mairéad Buicke and Rebecca Ryan, join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for The Mozart Sessions.

In eight half-hour programmes to be broadcast over July and August, they'll perform some of his best-loved music and also talk about Mozart as a musician, a composer and a man, about their approach to performing his music and about their own lives as musicians.

Masterpieces will range from the dark lyricism of the Piano Concerto in D minor to the exuberance of the 'Jupiter' Symphony, from the delighted inventiveness of concertos for violin, oboe and horn, to the rhapsodic beauty of arias from The Marriage of Figaro and Così fan Tutte.

At the helm of RTÉ's National Symphony Orchestra is acclaimed conductor Gerhard Markson.

The Mozart Sessions is directed by Maurice Linnane who moves into different musical territory, having worked extensively with U2 - including a stint as Artistic Director of the band's Zoo TV world tour - as well as with The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Garth Brooks, Norah Jones and many more. Closer to home, his subjects have ranged from DJ Carey and Horslips.

The series will provide both a treat for Mozart lovers and an ideal introduction to this music in which generations have recognised the complexity, pleasures and struggles of human existence.