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Jörg Widmann  Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet


Mozart                 Marriage of Figaro Overture KV 492

Widmann            String Quartet No. 1

Mozart                 Serenade No. 12 KV 388 C-minor (Nacht Musique)

Sándor Veress     Sonatina for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

Mendelssohn       String Symphony No. 8 in D major (version for Strings & Winds)


Mozart‘s Figaro overture sets the scene for the hilarity that ensues. The frenetic Presto tempo, breathless figuration and drawn-out crescendos all add to the energy of this four-minute sprint. Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 for winds (sometimes referred to as Nacht Musique) shows the composer’s ingenious way of mixing a light serenade tone with an artful descant model.

In each of his 5 String Quartets, Jörg Widmann explores a different aspect of the most intimate of sound worlds. His Quartet No. 1 is the first “movement“ of the cycle – each quartet follows a traditonal form of setting, almost like separate movements of a vast, 5 movement work.

Sándor Veress’s three movement Sonatina for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon is a favourite of Widmann’s and is fun-filled for the listener. A jaunty opening Allegro giocoso and a good-natured Finale encloses a central movement slightly more serious in nature.

The winds, horns and timpani once more shine through the texture of Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 8 (in the subsequent symphonic orchestration by the composer), as we hear the young genius coming fully into possession of his powers and, aged 13, already expanding the boundaries of the Classical style.

Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

    University Concert Hall, Limerick

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1449172800
  • 20:00, Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music, Cork

    Tickets no longer available


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