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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.

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John Frayne

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November 2013 – US Tour with James Galway– www.Kentucky.com

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

“…the orchestra responded with elegantly tapered phrases and articulate, colorful playing…Particularly noteworthy was the beautiful sectional playing by the various strings and the woodwinds.”

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Tedrin Blair Lindsay

Contributing Culture Critic Kentucky.com

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September 2013 – HAYDN IN ESTERHAZY – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Gábor Takács-Nagy Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor
István Várdai Cello

“…the Irish Chamber Orchestra responded to him with an almost super-human alertness…they delivered with a melting, sighing beauty.”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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July 2013 – Lichfield Festival – Lichfield Live

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

 Jörg Widmann, Klarinette

“I think we were all ready for what Lucia Pillson of Tilling would have called “un piccolo divino Mozartino” and we got it in full, rippling, fluid notes falling like glistening drops of blessed rain, at times stately and sombre, at others spry and light. The hymn-like second movement seemed to possess infinite pathos, while in the third the weighty tones of the orchestra effortlessly supported the joyous, playful, clarinet. I honestly don’t think this piece could be played any better.”

Phil Preece,

Lichfield Live

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July 2013 – Rheingau Music Festival – Wiesbadener

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

 Jörg Widmann, Klarinette

“The effortless sounds from Widmann’s instrument create magic moments in the famous Andante, resulting in the rebirth with unspoiled beauty of a work which belongs to the “Greatest Hits” of classical music.

The lasting impression of lively and accomplished music playing which goes beyond good reproduction of the printed score is also thanks to the inspired collaboration between Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.”

Von Volker Milch,

Wiesbadener Kurier

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    • February 2016 – DEATH AND THE MAIDEN – Irish Times

      The Irish Chamber Orchestra
      Gábor Takács-Nagy Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor
      Ailish Tynan Soprano
       

      “The programme itself was rock-solid: sacred settings of Pergolesi, Mozart and Schubert, two movements from Haydn’s Seven Last Words, and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet arranged for strings. Soprano Ailish Tynan seemed at her beguiling best, and conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy approached the music with vitality and imagination.”

      Michael Dervan

      The Irish Times

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