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BACH ON THE ROAD
JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 3, BWV 1048, 10 min.
CPE Bach: Concerto for Cello in A minor
CPE Bach: Bach Sinfonia in B minor WQ 182/5 Hamburg
Vivaldi: Concerto for two celli in G minor RV 531
Purcell: Midsummer Nights’s Dream (The Fairy Queen Suite No. 1)
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Peter Whelan – Director
Christian Elliott – Cello
Aoife NicAthlaoich – Cello
JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are among the most perfect examples of the Baroque concerto. Few works match their tireless invention, colourful instrumentation, or virtuosity. CPE Bach’s popular Cello Concerto in A is a real gem. It offers cellist Christian Elliott plenty of clever challenges in the fast movements, while providing a slow movement of astonishing expressive intensity that transcends time, place, and stylistic formality. His Symphony in B minor is extremely Mozartian in style, full of unexpected harmonic turns.
Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 celli is a stand- alone work performed by ICO cellists Christian Elliott and Aoife NicAthlaoich. Its electrifying opening leaves one in no doubt of its highly charged emotional content. The slow movement breathes an almost autobiographical sadness, while its frenetic finale will have you on the edge of your seat.
From the soaring pomp of Bach to the rhythmic elegance of the orchestral suite from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, the sound of the Baroque court provides a rich drawing board for this concert.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra is a world class orchestra, based in Limerick, renowned for its diversity, energy, its unique sound and outstanding musicianship. The orchestra was founded in 1963 by János Fürst and re-branded in 1970 as the New Irish Chamber Orchestra under Principal Conductor, André Prieur. In 1995 the Irish Chamber Orchestra re-located to the University of Limerick and reverted back to its original Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) brand. It uniquely owns a custom built studio, on campus at the University of Limerick. The orchestra is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.