RTÉ CO/Robert Houlihan

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Michael Der­van

NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, ¤12,

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.

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