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April 2013 – Virtuosity Ad Absurdum – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet

Sergeij Nakariakov Trumpet

“In nearly 50 years of concert-going I have never encountered trumpet playing like this. Written for Nakariakov’s extraordinary abilities, which include circular breathing, Ad absurdum often made me think my ears were deceiving me, as a continuous, rapid staccato ostinato on one note never ceased, even as we heard many other things happening that would be striking enough on their own. And the aural power was complemented by the visual effect of watching the orchestra struggle with its own manic virtuosity, as Widmann played the prancing conductor-composer so effectively, and as the human vehicle for transcendent virtuosity stood like a statue. This music-making’s transgressions of space and time were Mephistophelian.”

Martin Adams

The Irish Times

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February 2013 – Welcome Gabor – Sunday Business Post

“Both symphonies were exquisitely performed – with the orchestra’s never-failing zest and panache always shining through…The ICO revelled in Bizet’s exuberance and vitality and this proved a real knock-out for the audience.  Luckily the audience survived the KO and delivered its own verdict with a standing ovation”

 

Dick O’ Riordan, Sunday Business Post

 


 

February 2013 – Welcome Gábor – Irish Times

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

“The Irish Chamber Orchestra, under Gábor Takács-Nagy, its new musically dynamic “principal artistic partner/conductor”, performed the Bizet a la Shchedrin at the RDS on Saturday. The players conveyed the music’s every nuance with colourful allure, snapped its rhythms with bracing energy, and turned the whole work into a real tour de force……. The orchestra’s music-making was a pure delight in the two 18th-century symphonies they performed before the interval, one light (Mozart’s No 15), one furrowed and earnest (Haydn’s No 44, nicknamed the Mourning), and both played with an intensity of moment-by-moment focus that was totally gripping”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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January 2013 – Celebration / EU Presidency (Berlin) – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra (in association with Culture Ireland)
Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet 
Ailish Tynan Soprano

“The programme was an ICO special….delivered with thrilling thrust…..there was always a special magic.”

Michael Dervan

The Irish Times

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January 2013 – Celebration / EU Presidency (Berlin) – Irish Times

Irish Chamber Orchestra (in association with Culture Ireland)
Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/Clarinet 
Ailish Tynan Soprano

“The Irish Chamber Orchestra wowed their audience with a lively programme of German Irish music…” Derek Scally  The Irish Times

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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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