29 January 2008: The Arts Council and RTÉ Launch Raymond Deane CD

The Arts Council and RTÉ are delighted to announce the launch of a new commercial recording of orchestral works by Raymond Deane, performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with soloist Christine Pryn and conductor Gerhard Markson.

The release will be the first of up to ten Irish contemporary music recordings by RTÉ’s Performing Groups to be produced and distributed over the lifetime of a new five-year audio publishing agreement between the Arts Council and RTÉ. This follows on from the 2005 collaboration which saw the release of Gerald Barry’s opera The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

Composer Raymond Deane said: "I’m delighted that these three works will be more readily accessible to the public, as between them they encapsulate most of what I have learned about composition in my lifetime - so far."

Mary Cloake, Arts Council Director, said: "It is essential for composers to have their music performed and recorded. We are delighted to be working in partnership with RTÉ to ensure that the work of Irish composers is recorded and distributed as widely as possible."

Séamus Crimmins, Executive Director, RTÉ Performing Groups, said: "This collaboration provides RTÉ with an exciting opportunity to extend its existing commitment to the work of Irish composers through the commissioning, performance and broadcast of new music. We look forward to working together with the Arts Council to ensure that these recordings gain strong national and international recognition and distribution."

The three compositions on this disc were commissioned by RTÉ and premiered by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in 2000 (Ripieno), 2003 (Violin Concerto) and 2005 (Samara) as part of the orchestra’s Subscription Seasons. Ripieno, the largest work on the disc, was one of ten pieces recommended for broadcast by the prestigious International Rostrum of Composers in June 2000.

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