|April 24, 2020
|National Concert Hall
24th April 2020
National Concert Hall, Dublin at 7.30pm
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Blendulf conductor
John Finucane clarinet
Liadov The Enchanted Lake / 6’
Nielsen Clarinet Concerto / 24’
Sibelius Symphony No. 1 / 38’
Three glorious works that treat the orchestra like the finest painter’s palette. Daniel Blendulf – ‘a star performer’ (Seen and Heard International) and ‘a conductor that one must take note of’ (Bachtrack) is at the helm. The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Clarinet Section Principal John Finucane steps into the limelight for Carl Nielsen’s ravishing Clarinet Concerto.
Full of mysterious and magical atmospheres, Anatoly Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake evokes its watery setting influenced by Russian legends with painterly, impressionistic touches that enchant even as they unsettle.
Nielsen’s stormy Clarinet Concerto is a punchy contest between the solo instrument and a reduced but concentrated orchestra led by a nagging, snare drum. A colourful stand-off with soft, lyrical passages of short-lived agreement between the two, it’s like finding one self ring-side at an evenly-matched bout of boxing.
A long, sinuous, soulful clarinet introduces the First Symphony by Sibelius. Composed in the last year of the 19th century, packed with tunes carried aloft by silvery strings and airy woodwinds and propelled forward by brass and percussion, it also packs a hefty punch. It ends with a grand orchestral flourish that marked Sibelius as the most original symphonic voice since Beethoven