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Irish Baroque Orchestra

Irish Baroque Orchestra

The Irish Baroque Orchestra brings to life the beauty of Baroque music as it was intended to be heard.



Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Super Audio Collection Vol. 10
Having reached its 10 year milestone Linn's Super Audio Collection series remains as popular as ever 

AKP 564  

Concerti Bizarri
Concerti Bizarri
IBO soloists reveal little known jewels of 18th century concerto repertoire. 

CKD 526  

Led by artistic director and GRAMMY Award-nominee Monica Huggett, the IBO explores the authentic playing techniques and performacne styles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries using period instruments. The orchestra's performances are as vivid as a freshly restored oil painting, filled with the colour, simmering tension and highly charged emotion that reflects the fascinating sights and sounds of Europe 300 years ago.

Although the IBO has its roots in the past, it is a dymanic and constantly evolving organization with its sights firmly set on the future. Its exceptional musicians perform regularly throughout Ireland and abroad, and continue to receive widespread critical acclaim.

Flights of Fantasy, a recording of early Italian chamber music was released in 2010 on the Avie label, and was listed in the New Yorker's most memorable moments in music for 2010 as top recording of the year.

The Irish Baroque Orchestra is generously funded by the Irish Arts Council and also receives some assistance from Dublin City Council. The Orchestra is resident at the National Concert Hall Dublin.
For further information - www.irishbaroqueorchestra.com
BBC 'Choice' For Two Linn Recordings
07 July 2016
Critics Praise IBO and Scottish Opera
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High Res Mac
''Denn die Aufnahme ist wunderbar und präsentiert die Kompositionen mit sensibler Emotionalität und feinem Spiel...Die Interpretation der insgesamt 24 Stücke ist äußerst feinfühlig und klanglich mehr als überzeugend. Dazu ist die Einspielung sensibel und musikalisch abgemischt - ein Glücksfall für Fans des Barock. Und eine lohnende Entdeckung für alle anderen.''
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Toccata
„Die Solisten sind Mitglieder des Orchesters und bringen exzellente Interpretationen.'' / 'The soloists are members of the orchestra and perform excellent interpretations.'
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ConcertoNet
« Tous les musiciens sont excellents (basson virtuose dans le premier concerto de Graupner) et, sous la houlette de Monica Huggett, prennent un vrai plaisir à interpréter ces concertos dont la fraîcheur n’éclipse en rien la profondeur de certaines mélodies. Un disque excellent, à mettre entre toutes les oreilles! »
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Fono Forum
„Technisch ist beim Irish Baroque Orchestra alles in bester Ordnung.“ / 'Technically, the Irish Baroque Orchestra has everything in perfect order.'
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American Record Guide
'...an extremely fine program...filled with a wide variety of coloristic explorations and combinations typical of the time'
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Gramophone
'Monica Huggett has allotted the solo opportunities across her brilliantly varied seven-concerto-strong Concerti Bizarri programme to the existing musicians of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and the subsequent performances are unfailingly superlative.'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Concerto Choice: 'A feast of Baroque viruosity: Monica Huggett directs 'deliciously alert' performances.'
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MusicWeb International
'All of [the players] deliver wonderful performances. I should probably mention Peter Whelan because his solo part in Graupner's concerto is very virtuosic and he delivers an impressive performance.'
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MDR Kultur
„Das irische Ensemble agiert mit eminenter Verve, transparent und schlank geführtem Ton. Hohe Beweglichkeit korrespondiert mit "historisch-informierter" Spielweise. Geradlinigkeit und Präzision haben Priorität vor exzentrischer Volte.“
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NDR
CD of the Week / CD der Woche: „Die Musiker des Irish Baroque Orchestra kosten die Feinheiten der Kompositionen mit Wonne aus.“
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Early Music Review
5 Stars
'The music is always ear-catching and the captivating performances (and the bright recording) abound with verve and energy...'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'…the curious and rather delightful Triple Concerto from Christoph Graupner…spirited music making in a recording that brings us close to the chamber music, but never stifles the sound.'
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Irish Times
5 Stars
'luscious colours and deep sonorities'
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Pizzicato
5 Stars
„Es ist diese Verbindung von Drive und Feinfühligkeit, die dieses brillante Programm so besonders macht.“
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The Guardian
'Monica Huggett makes the point that 18th-century soloists were often just virtuoso ensemble principals taking their turn front-of-stage. And that's what happens on this fine album from the Irish Baroque Orchestra...the playing is lovely, with great poise from Huggett and standout charismatic bassoon playing from Peter Whelan...'
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Music for Several Instruments Blog
'This is amazing music...The IBO soloists and players are all superb, providing the best possible advocacy for this unfamiliar music.'
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