‘Brother, this is nothing at all … stick to your Lieder’ Schubert was told, by one of the leading violinists of his day, after unveiling the String Quartet no. 14. The piece was ignored in Schubert’s lifetime, but today ‘Death and the Maiden’ is celebrated as a pinnacle of the classical repertoire.

Directed by its leader Katherine Hunka, the world-class Irish Chamber Orchestra opens the second year of its Festival residency with Mahler’s orchestral arrangement of Schubert’s masterpiece - a day after Quatuor Mosaïques will have performed the original version. In St Canice's Cathedral – the ideal venue in which to experience the work in all its visceral power – ‘Death and the Maiden’ promises to be a highlight of the Festival’s opening weekend.

under the guidance of leader-director Katherine Hunka, the ICO’s execution is a model of elegance, imagination and good taste The Irish Times