Thursday 22nd March 2018, 8:00pm
Irish Chamber Orchestra -Key Works
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 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.
"Elisabeth Leonskaja’s journey leads from one pinnacle to another. By constantly excelling herself, driven by her own personal demands, by her passion and her intelligence she has scaled the heights achieved only by the greatest, not just of today, but of an entire epoch: those of a Clara Haskil, a Lipatti, and of modernity to boot.”