Friday, December 05, 2008

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Emily and I hit the National Concert Hall this evening to take in a performance of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra!

1) Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major 
Amazing 43 minute piece. The piece centers very heavily around the violin soloist, and guest violin soloist Stefan Tönz gave an outstanding performance. No sheet music. On his feet for 43 minutes. Called back out 5 times for applause after the piece was finished.
2) Richard Strauss Alpine Symphony
Ichabod Cranian conductor Gerhard Markson lead over 100 members of the symphony in this piece which included the enormous organ built into the National Concert Hall which takes up nearly 1/3 of the back wall. They had to bring in additional musicians to complement their normal complement of 89.

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