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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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February 2012 – World Première – Irish Examiner

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Gábor Takács-Nagy Conductor
Daniel Bates Oboe

“Edge of the seat excitement was the atmosphere that conductor, Gáor Tákacs-Nagy and the ICO created in the orchestra’s first concert of 2012”…….He drew such a brilliantly differentiated palette of colours and dynamics from the players that the excitement never let up”.  Declan Townsend, The Examiner

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December 2011 – Seasonal Symphony and Song – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra, NationalChamberChoir, ICO Chorus, County Limerick Youth Choir, Jaime Martin Director, Susanne Bernhard Soprano

“The stimulation came from the depth of detailed thought behind Martin’s music-making.” – Michael Dervan, 20th December 2011, Irish Times

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October 2011 – US Tour – Chicago Tribune

Irish Chamber Orchestra, Gérard Korsten Conductor, Leon Fleisher Piano, Pádraic Keane Uilleann Pipes

“Speediness and volatility vie for supremacy in the playing of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. How much of that propensity for driving energy and explosive power is built into the ensemble’s musical DNA, and how much comes from the dynamic direction of Gerard Korsten, the South African-born conductor who is leading the group’s eight-city U.S. tour, cannot be determined on a single hearing.”

 -John von Rhein, October 30, 2011 Chicago Tribune

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September 2011- Classical Ceol – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra, Katherine Hunka Leader, Martin Hayes Fiddle, Dennis Cahill Guitar

“The orchestra, directed from the violin by leader Katherine Hunka dispatched the Grieg with tuneful aplomb and were in fine form for the extreme demands of Ginestera’s Concerto for Strings….which has changes that give even the best of players a thorough workout.  The ICO gave it a performance of typically energetic chutzpah”. 
-Michael Dervan, Irish Times

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    • November 2013 – Galway charms with the Irish Chamber Orchestra – The Orange County Register

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

      “…In Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, conductor and orchestra got on well. There was a smooth fluency and lyrical warmth here, an attention to detail without overdoing it. The strings of the group have a nice finish, and an energy that comes from unanimity matched with grace. This piece is sometimes played with more vehemence of expression, but it proved perfectly amenable to this more gentle and poised approach...”

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

      Timothy Mangan

      The Orange County Register

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

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