Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Festive Music: ICO Joyeux Noel

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director
Ailish Tynan Soprano
Rudi de Groote Cello
Cliona Doris Harp 

  • Saint-Saëns          Le deluge Op. 45, Prélude
  • Vivaldi                  Paris Concerto No. 2 in E minor, RV 133

  • Mahler                  Adagietto (from Symphony No. 5)
  • Britten                  Les Illuminations
  • Debussy               Sacred & Profane Dances for Harp and Strings
  • Francaix               From Quinze Portraits D’Enfants
  •                             In the Luxembourg garden
  •                             Madame Charpentier’s Children
  •                             At the Piano
  •                            The Baby with a Spoon
  •                            The Schoolboy
  • Martinet             Le Petit Papa Noel
  • Wade                  Adeste Fidelis   
  • Saint-Saëns       The Swan (from Carnival of the Animals)
  • Gruber/Mohr     Silent Night

I enjoyed the Irish Chamber Orchestra's festive French themed programme in the magnificent Gothic stone St Fin Barre's Cathedral .  You can read my review which appeared in Saturday's Irish Examiner here  It was a great pleasure  to hear soprano Ailish Tynan. I last heard her when she was  a guest soloist in Chansons d'Auvergne for a concert with Maynooth University Orchestra of which I was a member around 2001 or so. She was just setting off to begin her studies in London. where she now lives and enjoys a very successful career. The Francaix pieces escaped mention. They wee described by Liz Nolan in her comprehensive programme notes as 'bright, bumptious and gleeful'. Just right. 

Jorg Widmann
It isn't that long since I heard the ICO at their home base at UCH  . I had imagined that the Wunderkind of the programme title applied to the conductor  Jorg Widmann who was all over the programme as conductor , chamber music musician and composer in an impressive display of mulit tasking
. In fact the title applied to the Mendelssohn whose teenage works formed the mainstay of the programme.  You can read that review here 

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