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May 2016 – Orfeo CD Review

Mendelssohn Symphonies No. 1 & 4
Widmann AD ABSURDUM

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Sergei Nakariakov
Jörg Widmann

All-round Musician Widmann: Courage to Absurdity…..
Rarely has the music by Mendelssohn sounded more fresh: The works by Jörg Widmann appeal even to concert goers who have difficulties with contemporary music…

“Here the wealth of melody in Mendelssohn’s music becomes a resounding feast of sound which remains compact and detailed throughout due to the precise and refined playing by the Irish Chamber Orchestra.”

“Obviously the creative communication between Widmann and his ensemble (Irish Chamber Orchestra) works extremely well which makes for an exciting future” Spiegel April 2016

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April 2016 – German Tour – Cologne

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/ Clarinet
Tabea Zimmermann Viola

“In Widmann’s hands the Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn turned into an extremely atmospheric painting of sounds. The broadly played cello line made the beginning exceedingly melancholic, and in contrast the faster part had enormous fire. A lot of liveliness was achieved through big tempo contrasts in Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony, a truly great rendition played brilliantly by the Irish Chamber Orchestra.”

“The Bruch Concerto is seldom performed in concert. It offers a lot of space for virtuosity and, at the same time, lovingly quotes folk tunes. In their interpretation both Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann became one heart and one soul, never losing sight of each other. Even without a conductor the orchestra’s accompaniment was flawless”

Kölnische Rundschau & The Bonner Generalanzeiger

 
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April 2016 – 1916 REVOLUTION & RHETORIC – Sunday Business Post

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka
Director/Violin
Des Keogh
Narrator
Albiez Trio
(Laoise Kelly Harp Tola Custy Fiddle Cormac Jan Breatnach Singer/Whistle)
 

“The concert full of splendid music under leader Katherine Hunka, benefited from an eclectic approach….overall a stimulating and thought-provoking concert.”

Dick O’Riordan

Sunday Business Post

 
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March 2016 – MENDELSSOHN, WIDMANN & WEBER – Irish Independent

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Jörg Widmann Conductor/Clarinet
 
Igor Levit Piano
 
At one with Widmann’s direction, ICO’s support is elegant and trenchantwith strings pungent and energetic, ICO’s woodwind is playful and effervescent.” 
 

Pat O Kelly

Irish Independent

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March 2016 – MENDELSSOHN, WIDMANN & WEBER – Irish Examiner

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Jörg Widmann Conductor/Clarinet

Igor Levit Piano
 

“Dressed in their smart new outfits, dark suits, gold ties and elegant long gowns, the ICO is not only Ireland’s most polished cultural export but also the best dressed to boot.”

Cathy Desmond

The Examiner

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      September 2014 – Haydn in London – Irish Times

      Irish Chamber Orchestra
      Gábor Tákacs-Nagy, Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor
       

      “His approach to phrasing is consistently fresh.  And he has a real sense of fun, too, so that his music-making is often both bracing and witty….his enthusiasm is endearing and infectious…”

      Michael Dervan

      The Irish Times

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