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February 2012 – World Première – Irish Times

February 2012

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Gábor Takács-Nagy Conductor
Daniel Bates Oboe

The music is in a spare, focused, linear style that, in this performance fired up moments of fierce trumpet-topped intensity…..The ICO played it as if their very lives depended on it. Michael Dervan, Irish Times

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    • November 2013 – Galway brilliant, Irish orchestra splendid in Foellinger – News-Gazette.com

      Irish Chamber Orchestra
      JoAnn Falletta  Conductor
      James Galway Flute
      Jeanne Galway Flute

      At what was clearly one of the best concerts of this year so far, the Foelliinger Great Hall was packed Nov. 7 to hear Sir James Galway, flutist, and his wife Lady Jeanne Galway, along with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by rising star JoAnn Falletta.

      …it was in the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major (originally for oboe) that Galway’s brilliance became clear. He molded phrases with supreme artistry, his attacks and releases were flawless, and his superb virtuosity in the solo cadenzas was showstopping.

      I had never heard a live performance before conducted by Falletta. I was highly impressed by the brilliant, sensitive, and dramatic performance she led with the first-rate playing by the members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra of Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3: “the Scottish.” With incisive beat, Falletta made every segment of this master work vivid as she and the orchestra displayed Mendelssohn’s splendid sense of form.

      This fine ensemble had first-rate playing from all its section, but particularly from its lively clarinetist Catherine Spencer. As encore, Falletta introduced a setting of the traditional Irish air, “The Last Rose of Summer,” in a subtle arrangement by a member of the orchestra’s violin section, Kenneth Rice. The playing of oboist Daniel Bates was most affecting. Many in the audience stood at the end of this most memorable evening.

      Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/06/2915080/review-humor-virtuosity-mark-concert.html#storylink=cpy

      John Frayne

      www.news-gazette.com

      Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/06/2915080/review-humor-virtuositNews-Gazette.commark-concert.html#storylink=cpy

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