MICHAEL DERVAN Wednesday 29
Camerata Ireland/Barry Douglas National Concert Hall, Dublin
The early all-Beethoven concerts in Dublin in this anniversary year are all picking low-hanging fruit. The choice of Barry Douglas with his Camerata Ireland orchestra falls on the Coriolan Overture, and two piano concertos, the First and the Fifth (the Emperor), with Douglas himself as soloist.
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin National Concert Hall, Dublin
The RTÉ NSO is joining in the Beethoven anniversary celebrations with an all-Beethoven overture/concerto/symphony programme conducted by the venerable Leonard Slatkin. American violinist Stefan Jackiw is the soloist in the Violin Concerto. The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, opens with the Consecration of the House Overture and ends with the Seventh Symphony.
Ulster Orchestra/GemmaNew Ulster Hall, Belfast
Belfast contrasts with Dublin this week through the Ulster Orchestra’s Ulster Hall concert being a Beethoven-free zone. Belfast audiences, however, will get a chance to hear New Zealand