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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Far Flung Trio at the Theatre Royal

Malachy Robinson : The Far Flung Trio Tour 2016 from on Vimeo.

Bach Sonata no 2 in A major
Kreisler La Folia Variations
Klezmer tunes inc Hava Nagi
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody
Bach Toccata & Fugue in D minor acc solo
Piazzola Two Tangos arr Wiebecke-Gottstein
C&W no Why Did You Leave Me
Edith Piaf La Vie en Rose Hymne l'Amour. L'Accordeoniste
Offenbach Overture to Orpheus
Encore: Cinema Paradiso theme Morricone

The Far Flung Trio finished their 2016 tour at the Theatre Royal, Waterford last night where they presented an eclectic entertaining set of repertoire. The bijou dimensions of the Victorian theatre suited the compact ensemble. The acoustic was fine and no amplification was required. Most of it worked very well. The folk origins of Liszt's  Hungarian Rhapsody were more apparent than in the virtuoso piano version. Dunne's arrangement of a famous Bach toccata reminded us that the accordion is essentially a portable organ. The only number that left me wanting more was the one that the trio did not arrange themselves. Piazzola demands the wheeze of a plaintive  reed evoking the spirit of an Argentinian  bandoneon. Spirited as the string duo rendition was , it lacked that vital colour. Robinson, a recent addition to the Hunka/ Dunne  duo proved his versatility in adding a vocals to a Buck Owens Country & Western number and a devilish  triangle to the Offenbach.

Too late to catch them on this tour but Theatre Royal has booked another chamber ensemble for April 16th. The Esposito Quartet with members drawn from the Irish Chamber Orchestra and RTE CO will perform work by their namesake, Schubert and Haydn.

More chamber music  recitals in March April via Waterford-Music who present Trio di Parma  and Chloe Hanslip with  Danny Driver upstairs in the Georgian Large Room. 



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