The Symphony of Life at the WIT Arena
Three is the magic number as RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra returns to Waterford
SATURDAY 6 APRIL, 7.30pm, WIT Arena, Waterford
Finlandia / 8’
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano / 33’
Symphony No. 7, ‘The Symphony of Life’ / 40’
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Jean Deroyer conductor
Three giants of the 19th century, three masterpieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra joined by the Fidelio Trio with the outstanding French conductor, Jean Deroyer on the podium. Perhaps three really is the perfect number after all!
Rooted in Finnish soil, Sibelius’s Finlandia is a patriotic and passionate tribute to a country breaking free from Russian occupation, its famous middle section (borrowed for the hauntingly beautiful hymn Be still, my soul) a stirring, unofficial national anthem. The ‘compelling and electrifying’ (Sunday Tribune) Fidelio Trio join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s remarkable Triple Concerto – a one-of-a-kind from the German genius. And proof that three into one does go as violin, cello and piano join the orchestra in a rich, beautifully balanced dialogue between equals. ‘Composed simply for the sake of composing’, Tchaikovsky’s Seventh Symphony was abandoned before it was finished (composers, eh?) and later reconstructed by a.n.other. A patchwork quilt of borrowed themes, it’s Tchaikovsky without the angst: light, effervescent and dance-like. Making the most of what a symphony orchestra can do, it’s not called The Symphony of Life for nothing.
In recent seasons, French conductor Jean Deroyer has conducted many leading orchestras in France and abroad, in both contemporary music and standard repertoire, such as NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien, SWR Orchester Baden-Baden, RSO Orchester Stuttgart, DSO Berlin, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.Opera highlights have included conducting L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève in the world premiere of Philippe Fénelon’s Citoyen de Genève as part of the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and in 2016 Jean toured Mimi with Ensemble Court Circuit, in association with Bouffes du Nord, a new production inspired by Puccini’s La Bohème, featuring newly composed music by Frédéric Verrières
Jean has worked at a range of festivals, including Avignon Festival, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, Festival de l’Epau and Acanthes Festival in Paris. Recent work includes conducting Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Comedie de Genève, Opera de Paris as well as regular performances with Court Circuit. Jean is the Music Director of Ensemble Court-Circuuit and the Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre Régional de Normandie.
The Fidelio Trio
The …virtuosic Fidelio Trio… (Sunday Times) are Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world; they are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM, WNYC, NPR and featured on Sky Arts documentaries; they have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings.
Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus, and from Gregynog to Huddersfield. They regularly perform across the Irish Sea at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Kilkenny Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens as well as overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.
Their extensive discography includes Ravel and Saint-Saëns for Resonus Classics; Philip Glass Head On; Korngold and Schoenberg (Verklärte Nachtarr. Steuermann) for Naxos; the complete Michael Nyman Piano Trios for MN Records; multiple releases on NMC, Delphian Records including portrait CDs for composers such as Luke Bedford and Michael Zev Gordon. Their recent release of French Piano Trios for Resonus was a Gramophone Magazine Critic’s Choice.