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September 2015 – Agrippina – Irish Examiner

Irish Youth Opera
with NI Opera
in association with
The Irish Chamber Orchestra
The Lime Tree Theatre
 
Jonathan Cohen Conductor
Oliver Mears Director
Annmarie Woods Design
 

“The Irish Chamber Orchestra…played with verve and style under director Jonathan Cohen.  With fine solo weaving around vocal lines from lead cellist Aoife Nic Athlaoich and Dan Bates on oboe.”

Cathy Desmond

The Examiner

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April 2015 – Evolution – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann, Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet
 

“Framing Widmann’s own pieces were high-octane, edge-of-seat performances of Mozart and Mendelssohn.”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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March 2015 – Virtuosic Violin – Irish Examiner

The Irish Chamber Orchestra
Gabor Takács-Nagy, Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor
Kristof Barati, Violin
 
 

“The charismatic, ebullient Gábor Takács-Nagy..brought their brilliant best out of the players in the Irish Chamber Orchestra… Takács-Nagy’s loving respect for the music drew astonishing ethereal playing in addition to huge aggression, brilliant dancing rhythms and sublime majesty from the ICO.”

The Examiner

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February 2015 – World Premiere – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka, Director/Violin
 

“The Shostakovich, one of the composer’s most powerful chamber works, is transformed…and Hunka and her players drove the music with at times vehement virtuosity.”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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December 2014 – Joyeux Noel – Irish Examiner

The Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka, Director
Ailish Tynan, Soprano
Rudi de Groote, Cello
Cliona Doris, Harp  
 

“…The orchestra shimmered and soared, matching the ardour of the soloist, giving both Britten’s luscious score and Mahler’s ‘Adagietto’ their full emotional charge.”

Cathy Desmond,

The Examiner

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  • Featured Article

    • 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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