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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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December 2014 – WUNDERKIND 3 – Irish Examiner

The Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann,  Principal Guest Conductor/ Clarinet
Hugh Tinney, Piano
Fidget Feet,  Aerial Dance   
 

“…the ensemble, under leader Katherine Hunka, showed the string symphonies to be works of great charm and vigour.”

Cathy Desmond,

The Examiner

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November 2014 –WUNDERKIND 3 – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann, Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet
Hugh Tinney, Piano
Fidget Feet, Aerial Dance 
 

“The ICO played a blinder under Widmann, stiffening the spine of the young Mendelssohn’s muscle-stretching excercises, negotiating the asperities of the Prokofiev Quintet with aplomb (I thought it gained from the combination with dance), and skilfully handling the stark chiaroscuro of some of Widmann’s own duos for violin and cello.”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

 
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      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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