Scholl and Williams are Kilkenny stars
CLASSICAL MUSIC AT KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL Various venues, Kilkenny Aug 8-17 Various prices 056-7752175 www.kilkennyarts.ie Counter tenor Andreas Scholl (left), who will sing on Friday, and guitarist John Williams, who plays on Thursday, are the star attractions at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival. Scholl concentrates on early English music in his recital with lutenist Crawford Young. Williams includes works by himself and fellow-Australian Peter Sculthorpe along with staples of the guitar repertoire.
The period-instruments band Camerata Kilkenny are joined by soprano Claire Booth for two Bach cantatas in an all-Bach programme on Saturday, and Bach will feature again in Malcolm Proud’s organ recital on Saturday August 16th.
This year’s residency by members of the Dresden Staatskapelle begins on Thursday, and the repertoire includes Schubert’s Octet, Barber’s Summer Music, Hanns Eisler’s 14 ways to describe rain, and Mozart’s Piano and Wind Quintet.
The largest event on the festival’s second weekend is an appearance by the Ulster Orchestra, playing Beethoven (the Egmont Overture), Mozart (the Fifth Violin Concerto with Priya Mitchell) and Dvorak (the Eighth Symphony) under Nicholas Braithwaite. The full Dresden Staatskapelle, by the way, will be back in Ireland next June, for another concert under Daniel Harding at the National Concert Hall.