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October 2012 – Finn Folk & Baroque – Cologne

October 2012

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Pekka Kuusisto Director/Violin 

“Eventually, during the Double Concerto BWV 1043 the laid back tempi caused a slight lack of musical tension, despite the fact that concertmaster Katherine Hunka, (who had invited her colleague to lead her glorious ensemble for this concert), and soloist Pekka Kuusisto communicated with each other in a very sincere and heartfelt musical dialogue”. Kolnische Rundschau  

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September 2012 – Finn Folk & Baroque – Irish Examiner

September 2012

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Pekka Kuusisto Director/Violin 

“The players in the ICO were quite obviously enjoying the huge variety of dynamics and articulations called for and the audience reaction was utter delight…..Kuusisto’s magnificent interpretation of Bartok’s Divertimento (and the ICO’s reponse) seemed to me to reach into the heart of the music” The Irish Examiner

 

September 2012 – Finn Folk & Baroque – Irish Times

September 2012

Irish Chamber Orchestra

Pekka KuusistoDirector/Violin

“It was a daring experiment in musical aesthetics….the ICO’s ardently expressive playing dug deep into the music’s trouble soul” Andrew Johnston Irish Times

 

April 2012 – Classic Clarinet – Sunday Business Post

Jörg Widmann – ‘Insel der Sirenen’, ‘Fantasie’

Mozart – Clarinet Concerto

Mendelssohn – Symphony No 1

“The audience was soon basking in the radiant glow of Widmann’s musical brilliance …….Widmann’s daring and intriguing choice deserves credit as does the sharp and energetic performance of his orchestra.”

Dick O Riordan, Sunday Business Post

 

April 2012 – Classic Clarinet – Irish Times

Jörg Widmann – ‘Insel der Sirenen’, ‘Fantasie’

Mozart – Clarinet Concerto

Mendelssohn – Symphony No 1

“This showed both the Irish Chamber Orchestra and its new principal guest conductor Jörg Widmann from a variety of perspectives”. Michael Dungan, Irish Times

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    • April 2016 – German Tour – Cologne

      Irish Chamber Orchestra
      Jörg Widmann Principal Guest Conductor/ Clarinet
      Tabea Zimmermann Viola

      “In Widmann’s hands the Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn turned into an extremely atmospheric painting of sounds. The broadly played cello line made the beginning exceedingly melancholic, and in contrast the faster part had enormous fire. A lot of liveliness was achieved through big tempo contrasts in Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony, a truly great rendition played brilliantly by the Irish Chamber Orchestra.”

      “The Bruch Concerto is seldom performed in concert. It offers a lot of space for virtuosity and, at the same time, lovingly quotes folk tunes. In their interpretation both Jörg Widmann and Tabea Zimmermann became one heart and one soul, never losing sight of each other. Even without a conductor the orchestra’s accompaniment was flawless”

      Kölnische Rundschau & The Bonner Generalanzeiger

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