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USA Tour November 2015

Gabor Takacs Nagy Conductor

Istvan Vardai Cello


Haydn Symphony No. 49, F-minor La Passione

CPE Bach Cello Concerto A-Major Wq 172

Haydn Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb:1

Haydn Symphony No. 52, in C minor, Hob.I:52


Bartók Divertimento

Gábor Tákacs-Nagy and the Irish Chamber orchestra presents a feast of Haydn.

Celebrated Hungarian cellist István Várdai performs Haydn‘s infamous C major Concerto, composed during this Esterhazy period and only rediscovered in 1961. Described as “the single greatest musicological discovery since the Second World War”, it is full of fire and spirit.

The music of CPE Bach greatly inspired Haydn and Bach’s Cello Concerto in A is a real gem. It offers Vardai plenty of clever challenges in the fast movements, while providing a slow movement of astonishing expressive intensity that transcends time, place, and stylistic formality. Pulsing rhythms and a wealth of dynamic contrasts grab and sustain the listener’s interest throughout.

Book-ending this stunning programme are two of Haydn’s most celebrated symphonies. No. 49 La Passione (his only F minor symphony) and No. 52 in C minor, rank with the most emotionally tense works of his Sturm und Drang period and their eruptive moods and jagged rhythms play directly to the ICO’s strengths.

Much anticipated is Gábor Takács-Nagy’s reading of Bartók‘s Divertimento for Strings – one of the most demanding pieces in the string orchestra repertoire. The rhythms and melody of Eastern European folk music masterfully voice a vast range of emotion – from light-humoured to the foreboding and sorrow of a continent on the brink of war.

Wednesday 4 November – Bing Concert Hall, Stanford CA

Friday 6 November – Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado Boulder, CO

Saturday 7 November – Los Alamos Concert Association, NM

Sunday 8 November – St. James-By-The-Sea, La Jolla, CA

Concert Dates

  • 19:00, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    Bing Concert Hall, Stanford CA

    Tickets no longer available


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