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Irish Chamber OrchestraJörg Widmann clarinet, director

Programme

Die Hebriden, Overture, op. 26, "The Cave of Fingal" Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
180 beats per minute Jörg Widmann
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra no. 1, op. 73 Carl Maria von Weber
Drei Schattentänze Jörg Widmann
Symphonie no. 41, KV 551, "Jupiter" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

CONTEXT

19:00 Introduction & Encounter with Oonagh Keogh and Louis Roden moderated by Katelijne Boon (EN, FR, NL) - Terarken1


Principle guest conductor and associated artist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Jörg Widmann is also a clarinettist and an internationally renowned composer. Aside from the interpretation of two personal compositions, he will be taking the audience on a journey through four centuries of music, going right back to the flourishing era of the First Viennese School and to Mozart’s final symphony, the 41st, whose contemporaries and audiences since then have had limitless admiration for its extreme beauty of sound, its expressive force and the grandeur of its architecture. Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto for clarinet experienced such a great public success that Maximilien-Joseph, the King of Bavaria, commissioned a second work from the composer immediately after having heard it. And to open the concert, the fascinating musical evocation of the relations of the earth and the sea with the Hebrides, named after the Scottish archipelago. Mendelssohn had fallen for the subjugating beauty of these islands and this impressive work was certainly ahead of its time!