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March 2018

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Conductor/Clarinet
Oliver Triendl Piano

MENDELSSOHN, WEBER, WIDMANN

Weber Concertino for Clarinet & Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 26
Widmann Fever Fantasy for Piano, String quartet and Clarinet
Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 13 in C minor Sinfoniesatz
Mendelssohn Andante from Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E flat major
For Clarinet, String Orchestra, Harp and Celesta (arr. Widmann 2016)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 56 Scottish

Weber wrote his pioneering Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra for the virtuosic clarinettist, Heinrich Bärmann. It broke new ground, giving the clarinet a new measure of prominence and displaying its wide-ranging capacity for both expressivity and virtuosic display. Widmann’s Fever Fantasy, was inspired by Schumann. It refers to its musical air and conjures up some very unusual sound spectrums. Mendelssohn’s Sinfoniesatz in C minor is the last of a series of 13 string symphonies Mendelssohn composed between the ages of 12 and 14. He originally reserved the number thirteen for what was to become his Symphony No.1 in C minor for full orchestra (Op. 11), written three months later, and the Sinfoniesatz subsequently ‘inherited’ the number. Widmann brings his own twist to the Andante from Mendelssohn’s Clarinet & Piano Sonata, which he has arranged for Clarinet, String Orchestra, Harp and Celesta. Mendelssohn’s exquisite Scottish Symphony was inspired by his travels to the British Isles and is full of the influence of the rolling Scottish landscape. It is one of Mendelssohn’s most popular and admired works.

Sunday 25 March Philharmonie Essen @5pm
www.philharmonie-essen.de

“There is a welcome momentum in the Andante.” Irish Independent

March 2018

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Conductor/Clarinet
Elisabeth Leonskaja Piano

KEY WORKS

Weber Concertino for Clarinet in E flat Major, Op. 26
Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 13 in C minor Sinfoniesatz
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV 488
Widmann Fever Fantasy for Piano, String Quartet and Clarinet
Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Weber’s pioneering Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra broke new ground, giving the clarinet a new measure of prominence and displaying its wide-ranging capacity for both expressivity and virtuosic display. Mendelssohn’s Sinfoniesatz in C minor is the last of a series of 13 sparkling string symphonies composed between the ages of 12 and 14. Grande dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 – a work full of mercurial wit and humour. The Concerto features all the hallmarks of Mozart’s mature Concerti: themes are constantly interchanged between soloist and orchestra, Mozart expertly guides the listener through unexpected key changes, and the work speeds to a playful conclusion. Elisabeth Leonskaja’s also joins the ICO in Widmann’s Fever Fantasy, inspired by Schumann. Taking a schizophrenic approach, Widmann explores the motion of Schumann’s melodies which are like fever curves and conjures up a wealth of sound spectrums. Finally, Schumann’s 2nd Symphony is something quite magnificent, engulfing the listener with musical images of delightful originality and beauty. Mendelssohn conducted and premiered this work with its wonderful themes, imposing melodies, harmonies and rhythms.

Tuesday 27 March Heidelberg Stadthalle @ 7.30pm
www.heidelberger-fruehling.de
€69, €59, €46, €35, €25, €19

Every time Leonskaja goes on stage the results are likely to be different. Not for her a set-in-stone interpretation of each piece, a performance replicated on a regular basis; she constantly asks questions of the music, looks for different ways into it.” The Guardian

 

JUNE 2018

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jörg Widmann Principal Conductor/Clarinet
Mojca Erdmann Soprano

MOZART, WIDMANN & MENDELSSOHN

Mozart Don Giovanni Overture, KV 527
Mozart Wind Serenade in C minor, KV 388 Night Music
Widmann Attempt at a Fugue for Soprano and Orchestra (Fifth String Quartet)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 Scottish

Since 1921, Germany’s oldest Mozart Festival has been held in the Würzburg Residence Palace. 25,000 attend more than sixty top class orchestral and chamber concerts with internationally renowned artists.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture suggests an impending tragedy, but the music evolves into something quite magnificent. His Serenade No.12 for Winds is a glorious masterpiece, an extraordinary work exhibiting the characteristics of a Sturm und Drang symphony. Inspired by Haydn, Mozart later revisited the work, scoring it for string quintet (KV 406). Mendelssohn’s obsession with Bach’s counterpoint inspired Widmann’s own Attempt at a Fugue for Soprano & Orchestra. The ICO and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester commissioned the re-scoring of his Quartet, which has been recorded by the ICO with Mojca Erdmann. Though numbered three, the Scottish was actually the last of Mendelssohn‘s five mature symphonies, completed in 1842. Within the rugged ruins of Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland, he found his inspiration.

Friday 15 June Wurzburg MozartFest

Mojca Erdmann is an ethereal, feather-light Lulu, accurate as a laser . . .
Lulu in Berlin, Financial Times (London)

 
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