Clas­si­cal

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DER­VAN

IRISHCHAMBER ORCHES­TRA, MO J ACER DMANN,JÖRGWIDM ANN Mozart Wid­mann Men­delssohn ★★★★ Or­feo

Time trav­ellers vis­it­ing the past in sci­ence fic­tion al­ways have to have an eye on how their ac­tions might change the fu­ture. Time trav­ellers in mu­sic need have no such wor­ries. Jörg Wid­mann’s Ver­such über die Fuge (At­tempt at the Fugue, an or­ches­tral ver­sion of his Fifth String Quar­tet, with oboe join­ing the so­prano voice from the orig­i­nal) is haunted by the Mozart Ada­gio and Fugue which pre­cedes it here. A lithe, dis­ci­plined per­for­mance of Men­delssohn’s Ref­or­ma­tion Sym­phony, played on modern in­stru­ments with the lean-toned sen­si­tiv­i­ties of pe­riod in­stru­ment play­ers, is fol­lowed by a shape-chang­ing or­ches­tra­tion/re-writ­ing of the An­dante from Men­delssohn’s early Clar­inet Sonata. Classy mu­si­cal time-trav­el­ling.

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