RTÉ CO/Robert Houlihan
NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, ¤12, nch.ie
It’s all Russian fare as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra takes over the summer Tuesday lunchtime slot from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall. The programme under Robert Houlihan includes one of the zippiest openers (Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmilla Overture) and one of the most atmospheric of tone poems (Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia) as well as some orchestral excerpts from Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Snow Maiden, a fairytale work that opened the new opera house in Wexford in 2008. Interleaved between these three 19th-century works are pieces from the 20th century, Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes (written for Jewish friends in 1919), and Kabalevsky’s easy-on-the-ear 1948 Violin Concerto, with Phoebe White as soloist.