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From its foundation in 1948 as the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has been at the forefront of symphonic music in Ireland. Today, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra plays a central rôle in classical music in Ireland through year-long programmes of live performances, schools and educational projects, broadcasts, recordings and new commissions. World-class conductors associated with the orchestra’s early days were Jean Martinon, Hans Schmidt- Isserstedt, Edmond Appia, Milan Horvat, Sir John Barbirolli and Tibor Paul. Distinguished guest artists and composers with whom the orchestra has worked include Josef Szigeti, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szering, Ruggiero Ricci, Wilhelm Kempff, Julius Katchen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Joan Sutherland, Angela Gheorghiu, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Paul Tortelier, Sir James Galway, Constantin Silvestri, Charles Dutoit, Sir Charles Groves, Witold Lutosławski, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Bill Whelan. The orchestra has been critically acclaimed for its recordings across labels including Naxos, Claves and RTÉ lyric fm. They include the Composers of Ireland series, a landmark recording project funded by RTÉ and The Arts Council making the orchestral music of major Irish composers commercially available, and recordings of selected orchestral works by Aloys Fleischmann, Frederick May and Seán Ó Riada.

For more information, please visit www.rte.ie/nso.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Mark Stedman, Photocall Ireland

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BIZET, G.: Roma / Marche Funèbre / Patrie Overture / Petite Suite (Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Tingaud) Naxos
BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 11 and 15 (Ireland RTE National Symphony, Rowe, Leaper) Naxos
BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 11 and 15 (Ireland RTE Symphony, Rowe, Leaper) Marco Polo
BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 17 and 32 / In Memoriam / Festal Dance (Ireland RTE National Symphony, Leaper) Naxos
DUKAS, P.: Symphony in C Major / L'apprenti sorcier / La Peri (Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Tingaud) Naxos
Ballet, Orchestral, Wind Ensemble/Band Music, Orchestral
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 1 / Scherzo fantasique / Suite alentejana No. 1 Naxos
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 2 / After a Reading of Guerra Junqueiro / Artificial Paradises Naxos
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 3 / The Death of Manfred / Suite alentejana No. 2 Naxos
FREITAS BRANCO, L. de: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (Cassuto) - Symphony No. 4 / Vathek Naxos
HOFFER, B.: Violin Concerto / Piano Concerto / English Horn Concerto (Oliveira, Hodgkinson, Stacy, Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Pittman) Artek
KIM: Violin Concerto / Dialogues / Cornet Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral
LEVY, F.E.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 3 / A Summer Overture (Takuo Yuasa) Naxos
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
MATSUMURA, T.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / To the Night of Gethsemane (Ireland RTE National Symphony, Takuo Yuasa) Naxos
PERRY, W.: Jamestown Concerto / SCHUMAN, W.: A Song of Orpheus / THOMSON, V.: Cello Concerto (Hanani) Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos
PERRY, W.: Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, Vol. 1 (Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, P. Phillips) Naxos
Concertos, Orchestral
PERRY, W.: Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, Vol. 2 (Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, P. Phillips) Naxos
Vocal, Concertos, Vocal
STANFORD: Requiem / The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan Naxos
Opera, Choral - Sacred

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