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June 2017 – Orfeo CD – Irish Times

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Mojca Erdmann

Jörg Widmann Conductor/Clarinet

 

“A lith, disciplined performance of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, played on modern instruments with the lean-toned sensitivities of period instrument players, is followed by a shape-changing orchestration/re-writing of the Andante from Mendelssohn’s early Clarinet Sonata. Classy musical time-travelling.”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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May 2017 – Radamisto

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Northern Ireland Opera
Radamisto

“The Irish Chamber Orchestra under David Brophy played with terrific verve and élan in support of the seven strong cast all who seem very comfortable in their roles”.

“This collaboration with the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra was received with great enthusiasm in Limerick…”

“Brophy and the ICO were crisp and double-dotted from the start, not as frantic as is the current Brito-Hibernian fashion, but fully in tune with the pathos and particular colouring of this piece; I’d not heard Brophy conduct Handel before but this was gorgeously and sensitively phrased, sparkling and fiery where required (and with some excellently jagged lightning-bolts and fireworks in the cascading da capos) but giving and tender at those places where Handel holds out a comforting hand to his suffering characters in the form of a cello or oboe to guide them through their grieving”.

Robert Thicknesse Critics Circle 09/05/2017

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March 2017 – Konzerthaus Vienna

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/ Clarinet
Igor Levit Piano
“What they have in common, though reasonably popular choices all, is that they are a refreshing combination of serious musicianship, well away from the comfy-cozy coterie of the ever-same, predictably marketable but often musically boring artists that invariably clog much of the circuit with that nice, grinning, PR-smooth and utterly unoriginal feeling”
Jens F. Laurson, Forbes

“But beyond loud and fast, dynamic extremes and pointed phrasing, the whole performance was so articulate as to have breathed a whole new interpretative air this, Mendelssohn’s third-most ignored, symphony.”

Jens F. Laurson, Forbes

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“the orchestra is an experimental orchestra with an innovative conductor”.
The Wienar Zeitung Katarina Wappel

“A vivid account of the Reformation Symphony brought a spell-binding evening to a close”.

“There is a taut vivacity to the playing of this orchestra that’s easily traced to the geniality of the group”

George Hamilton, The Irish Independent

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March 2017 – Stadhalle Heidelberg

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/ Clarinet
Igor Levit Piano

 

Rhein-Neckar Zeitung – 31 March 2017 Heidelberger Frühling: Samtpfötchen mit Charme
Heidelberger Frühling: Velvet Paw with Charm

“It was the conductor, Widmann, with an orchestra, who took over the dominant part with the opening of the opera and the strings. Levit himself entralled his audience with an extraordinarily velvety stroke, which was more like a delicate pushing of the keys, which with a delicate tone design a wonderfully fine-spun sound language”.

 
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March 2017 – Reformation – Irish Times

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Jörg Widmann Conductor/Clarinet
 
Igor Levit Piano
 

“Widmann and the players of the ICO matched him (Levit) in scale and style wherever he chose to go”.

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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      February 2014 – MY BROTHER PETER – Irish Times

      Irish Chamber Orchestra
      Patrick Mason Director
      Bosco Hogan Actor
      Katherine Hunka Musical Director
      Rudi de Groote Cello

      “Ranging from near-reckless energy to infinite calm, the music-making has that elusive mix of freedom and precision many a conductor would die for.  Yet this optimum is due to the ICO leader, Katherine Hunka, who directs from her violin with seemingly telepathic discretion”

      Andrew Johnstone

      The Irish Times

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