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European Masterworks at the National Concert Hall

Media Release 25 January 2013

Irish Pianist Hugh Tinney celebrates Ireland's European Presidency 2013 with a four-concert series, 'European Masterworks' at the National Concert Hall

Irish pianist Hugh Tinney and friends celebrate the magnificent body of chamber music that emerged from across the European Union in a new four-concert series: ‘European Masterworks 2013’ at the National Concert Hall beginning this February. The series, which coincides with Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union in 2013, starts on Wednesday 20th of February and continues on Wednesdays 20th of March, 17th of April and 22nd of May 2013.

Exploring the work of the great composers of Europe such as Mozart, Schubert, Dvořák, Bartók and Brahms, European Masterworks also highlights the work of contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, Louis Andriessen, Siobhan Cleary, Ian Wilson and Thomas Adès.

For the first concert on Wednesday 20th February 2013 Hugh will be joined by acclaimed Irish violinist Catherine Leonard and the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet for an evening of chamber music to include Ravel’s Violin Sonata in G.

In the second concert on Wednesday 20th of March Irish clarinettist Carol McGonnell, violinist Elizabeth Cooney, cellist Alexander Baillie and pianist Finghin Collins bring together an eclectic programme of works including Contrasts by Bartok which was originally written for clarinettist Benny Goodman. Short, lyrical pieces by Sibelius are then contrasted with the virtuosic roller-coaster Capriole for bass clarinet and cello by Sibelius’ compatriot Kimmo Hakola. Thomas Adès’ quirky Catch, which features a game between musicians trying to snare and lure each other, makes way for Brahms’ late masterpiece, his Clarinet Trio.

The third programme on Wednesday 17th of April ‘A Eurocry’, from the National Chamber Choir of Ireland and Paul Hillier, conductor emphasizes the light and humorous, from Orlando Gibbons’ The Cries of London and Clément Janequin’s Les Cris de Paris to Siobhan Cleary’s very international and multi-lingual study of tongue-twisters Theophilus Thistle.

For the final concert in the series, Wednesday 22 May The Academy Chamber Ensemble performs Boccherini’s String Trio in C minor, which is shortly followed by Schubert’s last song, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock). Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio also features as well as
Falla’s Seven popular Spanish folksongs. Finally Dvořák’s most famous trio, the Dumky Trio, is an unusual masterpiece, a unique tour-de-force that bases all its six movements on a popular type of Ukrainian folk song; this work of powerful emotions should make a fitting end to the European Masterworks series.

Since bringing his European Piano Masterworks Series to the National Concert Hall in 2011, Hugh Tinney has toured China with the Academy Chamber Ensemble and has given recitals in Ireland to celebrate the centenary of John Cage. 2012 also saw him undertake Irish tours with violinist Catherine Leonard with the Academy Chamber Ensemble as well as concerts in Paris and New York.

This year Hugh will be releasing a solo CD of works including Schubert’s B flat sonata, to be released by RTÉ Lyric fm.

Subscription offer: purchase tickets to 4 concerts for the price of 3 Tickets: €20 (Concessions: €15) 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall

National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01-417 00 00 or www.nch.ie (No Booking Fees)
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Sinead Doyle
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National Concert Hall.
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Wednesday 20th February, 8pm
RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet
Catherine Leonard
, violin
Hugh Tinney, piano

Ian Wilson from the Book of Longing
Chopin Barcarolle in F sharp, Op 60
Galina Grigorjeva Infinity Canon for string quartet
Ravel Violin Sonata in G
Franck Piano Quintet in F minor

Wednesday 20th March, 8pm
Carol McGonnell
, clarinet
Elizabeth Cooney, violin
Alexander Baillie, cello
Finghin Collins, piano

J.S. Bach Chromatic Fantasy, BWV903 (arr. cello solo)
Bartók Contrasts, Sz 111
Enescu Prelude, Op. 9
Kimmo Hakola Capriole for bass clarinet and cello
Sibelius Impromptu, Op. 78 No. 1
                Romance, Op. 78 No. 2
                Mazurka, Op. 81 No. 1
Thomas Adès Catch, Op. 4
Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Wednesday 17th April, 8pm
National Chamber Choir
Paul Hillier
, conductor

  • Gibbons  The Cries of London  (England)
  • György Ligeti   The Alphabet (Hungary)
  • Clément Janequin  Les Cris de Paris (France)
  • Arvo Pärt   The Deer’s Cry  (Estonia)
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara   Galgenlieder  (Finland)
  • Luciano Berio  The Cries of London  (Italy)
  • Louis Andriessen   Un beau baiser (Holland)  
  • Siobhan Cleary   Theophilus Thistle and the Myth of Miss Muffett  (the tongue-twister’s guide to Europe)  (Ireland)

Wednesday 22nd May, 8pm
Academy Chamber Ensemble

Boccherini String Trio in C minor, Op. 14 No. 2 (G 96)
Schubert The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965
Mozart Trio in E flat, K. 498 “Kegelstatt”
Falla Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
Dvořák Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”