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The Irish Chamber Orchestra
The National Chamber Choir
Nicholas Kraemer Conductor

Piston Prelude & Allegro, for Organ & Strings
CPE Bach Symphony No. 5 in B minor, Wq 182/5 (H 661)
Arvo Pärt Which was the son of
CPE Bach Symphony No. 4 in A major, Wq 182/4 660, Wq 182/4
Arvo Pärt Silouans Song
Mozart Missa brevis KV 275 

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is joined by the National Chamber Choir, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. Kraemer is Permanent Guest Conductor of the Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, Chicago and Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

The programme features a beautiful blend of choral and symphonic sounds on the ICO’s first tour of 2013. Walter Piston’s Prelude and Allegro for organ was commissioned by E. Power Biggs for a televised recital series broadcast on CBS in the 1940’s. The Prelude depicts the “tragedy” of World War II and Allegro, the determination to win it. It is solemn, with beautifully seamless blending of organ and string sounds.

When Bach moved to Hamburg, he adopted a lighter style of writing and wrote six symphonies for string orchestra which became known as the Hamburg Symphonies. Many of his most characteristic touches can be found in these symphonies of which two feature.

Blending old with new, the ground-breaking music of Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt is hugely popular. Luke 5 was set to music by him and becomes a beautiful reflective song entitled Which was the Son of. Silouan’s Song for orchestra, speaks from the very opening of wintry European landscapes, cold and unforgiving, in which a prayer is made by the lonely soul. This exquisite song is from Part’s groundbreaking Te Deum recording.  Maintaining the sacred themes, the evening closes with Mozart’s Missa brevis in G major (KV 275), his earliest surviving short mass.  It is more like a boisterous opera than the more reverant church mass.  Written in 1777, when Mozart was 21, Missa Brevis reflects a youthful composer, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra alongside the National Chamber Choir ring out its joyful tones.

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Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Thursday, May 16, 2013

    St. Marys Cathedral, Limerick

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1368820800
  • 20:00, Friday, May 17, 2013

    St. Fin Barres Cathedral, Cork

    Tickets no longer available

  • 1368892800
  • 16:00, Saturday, May 18, 2013

    Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin

    Tickets no longer available


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