National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

Biography

Active: 1947 - ; Dublin, Ireland
The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland is the concert music orchestra of Radio Television Ireland. Considered one of Europe's major symphonies it is the primary symphony orchestra of Dublin and, true to its name, the leading orchestra of the Irish Republic.

British ascendancy in Ireland put concert music in the hands of the wealthy, primarily English, ruling class, which followed London's tastes. Tellingly, the major musical event in
Read more Irish classical music history is the premiere performance of Handel's Messiah. Concerts were put together mostly by an ever-shifting group of charitable societies. The first effort to found a permanent symphony orchestra in Dublin did not occur until 1899, when Michele Esposito, an Italian professor of piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, founded the 70-piece Dublin Orchestral Society, which lasted until the outbreak of World War I.

After the independence of Southern Ireland, the Royal Dublin Society gave concerts. A 1927 effort to revive the Orchestral Society was undertaken, but did not last long.

Meanwhile, in 1926, a national radio channel began, based in Dublin. It hired staff musicians, who often played together on the radio and in concert as a chamber orchestra. String players from the radio, wind players from the Army School of Music, and other musicians played as the Dublin Philharmonic Society under the direction of Col. Fritz Brase, head of the Army School from 1927.

In 1947, the broadcasting authority, now called Radio Éireann (Radio Ireland), expanded its orchestra to symphonic size by opening its membership to musicians from all over Europe. Ireland, as a neutral, had been spared damage in World War II, so musicians from the wrecked economies of a ruined Europe were easy to attract. The new orchestra was named the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra. Its initial conductor was Captain Michael Bowles. After he retired in 1948 (he had been conducting the small predecessor or the RÉSO for several years), the new orchestra drifted without a permanent conductor, but played for such major conductors as Jean Martinon and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. Finally in 1953, the orchestra found a principal conductor in Milan Horvat, who remained until 1961. In that year, Ireland added television to its broadcasting service. The name of the government body (in English) established by a new broadcasting act in 1960 was the Irish National Public Service Broadcasting Organisation, and the on-air service now became Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ). The orchestra became known as the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra. By now it was, de facto, the national orchestra of Ireland and the main city orchestra of Dublin. Its new chief conductor from 1962 was Tibor Paul. He was succeeded by Albert Rosen, Colman Pearce, Bryden Thomson, and Janos Fürst.

In 1981, it found a new concert home when the National Concert Hall opened in Dublin. Also, at about the same time, it expanded its broadcasting activities. Until 1979, RTÉ had run only one radio channel and one television channel. In 1979, they established more channels, including an arts station called FM3, which aired numerous concerts by the RTÉSO. In 1989, the orchestra was expanded to the size of a large symphony orchestra, and it was renamed the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Its new principal conductor was George Hurst. Kaspar de Roo took that position in 1994, followed by Alexander Anissimov; the current principal conductor is Gerhard Markson.

The National Symphony now gives a 27 concert season, performs on radio, gives several additional concerts, and makes extensive tours of both political divisions of the island of Ireland. Its concert and arts station is now called Lyric FM. Read less
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    Bruckner: Complete Symphonies / Georg Tintner
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501205 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Georg Tintner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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    Anton Bruckner - The Collection
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 13007 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Wolfgang Czelusta,  Peter Redwig,  Klaus Bäuerle,  Fritz Resch  ... 
    Conductor:  Georg Tintner,  Gerd Schaller,  Klaus Tennstedt,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Philharmonie Festiva  ... 
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Boje Skovhus,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Rico Saccani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest  ... 
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    Great Romantic Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501057 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Sidney Green,  Imrich Szabo
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Alexander Rahbari,  Antoni Wit,  Reinhard Seifried  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Russian Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501059 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Adrian Leaper,  Gerard Schwarz,  Antoni Wit,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Katowice Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    William P. Perry: Music For Great Films Of The Silent Era
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572567 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Perry
    Performer:  Ambra Albek,  Fiona Albek,  Michael Chertock,  Helen Kearns
    Conductor:  Paul Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Sacred Seasons - A Christmas Album / Davis, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Carl Davis Collect   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Davis,  Morton Gould,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Timothy West,  Mark David,  Audrey Park
    Conductor:  Carl Davis,  David Matthews,  Neeme Järvi,  Stefan Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Branco: Symphony No 3, The Death Of Manfred / Cassuto, NSO Of Ireland
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572370 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luís de Freitas Branco
    Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Luís De Freitas Branco: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Cassuto, Radio Telefis Eireann SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572059 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luís de Freitas Branco
    Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin Radio Telefis Eireann Symphony Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Jamestown Concerto - American Music For Cello And Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559344 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Virgil Thomson,  William Schuman,  William Perry
    Performer:  Yehuda Hanani
    Conductor:  William Eddins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Balfe: The Bohemian Girl / Bonynge, Thomas, Power, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433324 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Balfe
    Performer:  Jonathan Summers,  Bernadette Cullen,  John del Carlo,  Timothy German  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Dublin Radio Telefis Eireann Philharmonic Choir
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    Branco: Symphony No 1, Scherzo Fantastique, Etc / Cassuto
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570765 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luís de Freitas Branco
    Conductor:  Alvaro Cassuto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    English Symphonies Collection / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8502503 Release Date: 11/15/2006   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Alan Rawsthorne,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  David Timson,  Lynda Russell,  Paul Silverthorne,  Stuart Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel,  Kees Bakels,  David Lloyd-Jones,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Waynflete Singers  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Verdi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552121 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Miriam Gauci,  Eduard Tumagian,  Giacomo Aragall,  Marina Mescheriakova  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    American Classics - Levy: Symphony No 3, Etc / Yuasa
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559234 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Ezra Levy
    Performer:  Scott Ballantyne
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Moroi: Symphony No 3, Etc / Yuasa, Ireland National So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557162 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Saburo Moroi
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    American Classics - Kim: Violin Concerto, Etc / Yoo, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559226 Release Date: 07/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Kim
    Performer:  Cecylia Arzewski,  William Wolfram,  Robert Kim
    Conductor:  Scott Yoo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Stanford: Requiem / Leaper, Pearce, Lucey, Kerr, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555201-02 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford
    Performer:  Frances Lucey,  Peter Kerr,  Nigel Leeson-Williams,  Colette McGohan  ... 
    Conductor:  Colman Pearce,  Adrian Leaper
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  RTE Philharmonic Choir
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    Klimt - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558146 Release Date: 05/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Richard Strauss,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Zagórzanka,  Peter Hill,  Ruxandra Donose,  Thomas Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Karol Stryja,  Zdenek Kosler,  Takuo Yuasa,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Irish Composer Series - Potter: Sinfonia
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225158 Release Date: 03/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Archibald James Potter
    Conductor:  Robert Houlihan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Meyerbeer: L'etoile Du Nord / Jurowski, Futral, Et Al
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8223829 Release Date: 03/25/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer
    Performer:  Robert Lee,  Elizabeth Futral,  Vladimir Ognev,  Darina Takova  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Wexford Festival Opera Chorus
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    Chill With Rachmaninov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556782 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Bernd Glemser,  Michael Grebanier,  Janet Guggenheim,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Anissimov,  György Lehel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Gentle Dreams - The Best Of Julian Lloyd Webber
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 4761296 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Rolf Lovland,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andrew Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Fionnuala Sherry,  Lee Ritenour,  Dave Grusin  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio,  Barry Wordsworth,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bossa Nova,  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Secret Garden  ... 
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  • 24.
    American Classics - Ives: Emerson Concerto, Symphony No 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559175 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Performer:  Alan Feinberg
    Conductor:  James Sinclair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
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    Monet: Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558058 Release Date: 04/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Healy,  François-Joël Thiollier
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi,  Anthony Bramall,  George Hurst,  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Diego Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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