Grieg is good

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EL­IZ­A­BETH COONEY/ FINGHIN COLLINS St Ge­orge’s Church, Car­rick-on-Shan­non, Co Leitrim Wed 8pm; St Mary’s Cathe­dral, Tuam, Co Gal­way Thurs 8pm; St James’ Church of Ire­land, Mal­low, Co Cork Fri 14th 8pm; St Carthage’s Cathe­dral, Lis­more, Co Water­ford Sun 16th 5pm; Old St Mary’s Church, Clon­mel, Co Tip­per­ary Mon 17th 8pm; St Mul­tose Church, Kin­sale, Co Cork Tues 18th 8pm 115 0818-205205 The younger gen­er­a­tion of Ir­ish mu­si­cians seem to be more ac­tive in cham­ber mu­sic than ever be­fore. Ma­jor in­sti­tu­tions such as the Mu­sic Net­work and the West Cork Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val have seeded the ac­tiv­ity, and the new Church Clas­sics tours, funded by the Arts Coun­cil’s Tour­ing Ex­per­i­ment, sees vi­o­lin­ist El­iz­a­beth Cooney (left) and pi­anist Finghin Collins teaming up as a duo for a six-con­cert tour be­gin­ning on Wed­nes­day. They mark the cen­te­nary of Grieg’s death with the third of his three vi­o­lin sonatas (the one most fa­mously recorded by Fritz Kreisler and Sergei Rach­mani­nov), frame it with ever­greens (Beethoven’s first sonata and Franck’s Sonata in A), and throw in a short Grieg bon-bon for good mea­sure, an ar­range­ment of one of the most pop­u­lar of his Lyric Pieces for pi­ano, To Spring. MICHAEL DER­VAN

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