The first of our pair of June concerts – marking the end of our residency – was a great success. We had a good turnout and a very enthusiastic response, with many attendees waiting to thank us personally at the end of the evening.
the repertoire was generally local with some early Italians thrown in to illustrate the origins of our instruments and outlook:
1. Giovanni Pandolfi Mealli (c.1630–c.1670) Sonata: ‘La Cesta’ Adagio – Allegro – Adagio – Adagio
2. Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin (1670–1738) Carolan’s Farewell to Music
Matthew Dubourg (1703–1767) Minuet
Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin Sí bheag, Sí mhór
3. Thomas Roseingrave (1690–1766) Sonata 12 Largo – Allegro – Largo – Minuet – Siciliana
4. Benedict Schlepper-Connolly Star
5. Biagio Marini (1594–1663) Romanesca
6. Malachy Robinson Light and Depth
7. Traditional Dublin Bay from “50 Beauties of Erin” c.1920
8. Francesco Corbetta (1615–1681) Autre Chaconne
9. Francesco Geminiani (1687–1762) Lady Ann Bothwel’s Lament, Auld Bob Morrice
10. Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805) Los Manolos – ‘Passacaille’ from Musica Notturna della Strade di Madrid
11. After David Bowie (1947–2016) Lament on Mars
It was a full 2 hours with the chat and contextualising and inevitable repeated tuning of the gut strings. The interval featured a complementary glass of Pinot Grigio which may have predisposed them well to Light and Depth which followed; in any case the reaction to that new piece was particularly positive. O’Carolans’s tunes were another notable hit, and so was the Sonata by local boy Roseingrave – he deserves to be played more.
Ben Schlepper-Connolly attended and spoke charmingly about his piece Star, which particularly highlighted the acoustic improvement achieved by drawing back the black drapes that hang around the Studio. They were in position for most of our sessions there and we were fortunately able to have them removed for the performance. It’s really a very nice chamber-music room once the drapes are retracted, better than perhaps the LexIcon themselves are aware.
- Malachy 2/6/16