|Cathedral and new Waterford Treasures Museum|
Welcomed to the podium at Christchurch Cathedral by Liam Daly, the new administrator of the Symphony Club of Waterford,
|Huggett at the Helm photo B Childers|
The ensemble were arranged in a concertino quartet, a solo player to each part with opposing violin sections in front with ripieno desk behind . The first violin and viola were adjacent to facilitate the many interweaving duet lines between the two, with continuo section of cello and harpsichord at the heart of the ensemble.
The playing was first class but what made the evening compelling was the verve and enthusiasm emanating from dynamic leader Monica Huggett. Frequently she swept her instrument in a 180 degree arc as if in a an effort to simultaneously draw her audience into the fold and at the same time galvanise her troops into action . One could sense the crackle of energy from the tip of her Baroque bow as she drew gutsy performances from her bakers dozen of players supported throughout by David Adams solid continuo lines.
Cathy's Reviews Early Evening French Baroque Music form IBO Christchurch
A rather lovely mention for IBO in New Yorker Music Critic, Alex Ross's memorable moments round up for 2010 . Praise indeed!
Article on Vikram Seth's An Equal Music including discussion of quartet arrangement of Art of Fugue
Everything you could want to know about Glen Gould and his two iconic recordings of those variations in Tom Service' article in the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/sep/20/glenn-gould-wilfully-idiotic-genius?newsfeed=true
Word of the day (from IBO rehearsals) =OOMPHY.As in.. "this variation should be more OOMPHY.Like, with extra oomph!" Hilarious! :)
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