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Arias & Advent

December 2019

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Katherine Hunka Director
Robin Tritschler Tenor


Albinoni Adagio in G minor reconstructed by Remo Giazotto  (Choreography/Diane Daly) Save
Finzi Dies Natalis Op. 8
Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Handel The Lord preserveth all them that love him from Chandos Anthem No. 5a HWV250a
Handel Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op 6, No. 5 HWV 323

Christmas Carols

The tender yet radiant cantata Dies Natalis, is a setting of poems by Thomas Traherne and is Finzi’s finest work. Tenor, Robin Tritschler aptly reflects the joy and wonder of a newborn child’s innocent perspective on the world. This richly textured work carries the music naturally forwards in a unity of spirit with the lyrics – a hallmark of Finzi’s art.   Tritscher sings some festive carols alongside an aria from Handel’s beautiful, intimate settings written for the First Duke of Chandos – one of his best loved choral works.  The ICO performs Albinoni’s Adagio, a breathtakingly beautiful piece of stately baroque brilliance. Elgar’s gem – his much loved Serenade was a personal favourite and one of his final works recorded back in 1933.  Handel’s Allegro is from one of a series of twelve dashing and elegant concerti grossi in which he explores kaleidoscopically the shifting relationships among orchestral string instruments.

Robin Tritschler is one of Ireland’s most sought-after voices. Purity of tone and insightful care are coupled with an expert’s fascination and delight in sourcing music.” Irish Examiner

“Ranging from near-reckless energy to infinite calm, the music-making has that elusive mix of freedom and precision many a conductor would die for.  Yet this optimum is due to the ICO leader, Katherine Hunka, who directs from her violin with seemingly telepathic discretion.”  Irish Times

Dates & Tickets

Thursday, 8pm, December 12, 2019
Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children

Friday, 8pm, December 13, 2019
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children