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John Kinsella (b.1947): Symphony Nos. 5 & 10 / Gerard O'Connor, baritone; Bill Goldman, speaker; RTÉ National SO; Pearce; Irish CO; Takács-Nagy

Album Summary

>Kinsella, John : Symphony no 5 ("The 1916 Poets")
>Kinsella, John : Symphony no 10
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

John Kinsella (b. 1932) is the most important Irish symphonist since C. V. Stanford. His Fifth Symphony is an impassioned setting of humanist poetry by three Irish poets killed in the 1916 Uprising. The Tenth is animated by driving power and energy and impresses with the clarity of its textures. These live recordings were made at the time of the work's first performances. The booklet has an extensive commentary, complete with music examples, by Séamas de Barra, who's writing a book on Kinsella's symphonies, and a commentary on the origins of the music by John Kinsella himself.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Symphony No. 5 is titled The 1916 Poets, and Kinsella sets poems by Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh, and Joseph Mary Plunkett - all were leaders of the Irish Volunteers executed by the British after the Easter Uprising. The poems are more romantic in nature than political, as is the symphony. The thematic material is very unified, and Kinsella's style is tonal. The Tenth Symphony shows off the clarinet - a long solo opens it quite effectively, and the instrument returns, as Kinsella puts it, to keep "a close eye on the proceedings and (intervene) where necessary". The sound is decent. There are extensive notes in English with plenty of analysis and musical examples.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: National Concert Hall, Dublin (02/11/2012); Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Dublin (02/11/2012); National Concert Hall, Dublin (02/18/1994); Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Dublin (02/18/1994).



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>Kinsella, John : Symphony no 5 ("The 1916 Poets")
  • Performer: Gerard O'Connor
  • Conductor: Colman Pearce
  • Ensemble: Irish Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1992
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kinsella, John : Symphony no 10
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2010
  • Studio/Live: Live