Welcome home, Mr Dubourg | Linn CKD532

Welcome home, Mr Dubourg


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD532

Barcode: 0691062053228

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 26th April 2019



Peter Whelan champions the music of Matthew Dubourg in his recording debut as Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Dubourg, a pupil of Francesco Geminiani, was a charismatic virtuoso and composer who Whelan believes deserves to be acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most influential musicians. With many of his compositions having only recently come to light, most are presented here for the very first time including the world premiere of the ode ‘Crowned with a more illustrious light’. The eclectic programme showcases a composer whose music is shot-through with humanity, charm, virtuosity and wit. The works include arrangements of Irish traditional melodies, music written for royal celebrations and virtuosic violin solos in the fashionable Italian style. A Corelli violin sonata and a violin concerto by Vivaldi paint a picture of the musical landscape in which Dubourg’s creativity flourished. This recording is an exciting rediscovery of long forgotten, but truly wonderful, music from Ireland’s past.

Irish Baroque Orchestra is one of Ireland’s most dynamic and versatile ensembles. It draws on the artistry and vibrancy of each member to perform music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the highest standards. Its annual concert season embraces a wide variety of genres to bring the sublime beauty of baroque music into a contemporary context. Irish Baroque Orchestra has received great critical acclaim for its tours and recordings.

Peter Whelan is among the most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance of his generation, having forged a remarkable career as conductor, keyboardist and virtuoso bassoonist. Whelan is Artistic Director of Irish Baroque Orchestra and founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Marsyas.

“…the captivating performances abound with verve and energy.” – Early Music Review

“The subsequent performances are unfailingly superlative.” – Gramophone

“A feast of Baroque virtuosity.” – BBC Music Magazine

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