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Main Evening Concert

30 June 2013

The Irish Chamber Orchestra
Pekka Kuusisto Conductor

Veress       Four Transylvanian Dances
Pärt           Tabula Rasa
Tüür           Passion
Britten       Les Illuminations


The Irish Chamber Orchestra performs once again at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival with Finnish fire-brand Pekka Kuusisto.

Sándor Veress’ Four Transylvanian Dances were written in the 1940’s when he left his homeland in fear of political and artistic repression. The composer describes the dances as ‘free re-creations of certain styles of dance music indigenous to Hungarian villages, particularly to the Székler of Transylvania.’ (now no longer part of Hungary).

There is plenty of music that is as profound as Tabula Rasa, but rarely does it reach such emotional heights. The work is part prayer and meditation that burns with passion and suffering. Pärt’s music is simple, featuring few instruments, which are sounded with maximum effect and timbre.

Passion was composed by Tüür in 1993-94. It is a densely layered composition, reminiscent of Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. Tuur calls for some atonal playing from the orchestra which will not disappoint.

Les Illuminations is themed on the theatricality of life, the chaos of the big cities, and the tragic, painful aspect of beauty. Britten chose a sentence from one of Rimbaud’s poems as the motto for his cycle: “J’ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage” ,  “I alone have the key to this savage parade” – only the artist, observing from the outside, can hope to make sense of the savage parade that is life. Perhaps Britten felt this throughout his life, particularly in relation to his own sexuality.


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Concert Dates

  • 20:00, Sunday, June 30, 2013

    St Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork

    Tickets no longer available


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