The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s residency at this year’s Festival culminates with a performance of Schubert’s largest-scale masterpiece: the Symphony no. 9 (known as ‘the great’). Completed at an age when Beethoven was just beginning work on his first symphony, Schubert’s last symphony is an astonishingly original work and ‘one of the pinnacles of the symphonic repertoire’ (Brian Newbould).

In this rich and varied programme conductor Jörg Widmann pairs Symphony no. 9 with Schubert’s glorious last song cycle, The Shepherd on the Rock (featuring soloist Ailish Tynan) and his own Freie Stücke, ten short pieces that give full rein to his remarkable talent.

the creative communication between Widmann and his ensemble (Irish Chamber Orchestra) … makes for an exciting future Der Spiegel

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