Finghin Collins with members of  the Irish Baroque Orchestra

Finghin Collins with members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra

Saturday, 14 November 2020, 8.00pm


Finghin Collins, fortepiano
Gemma Ní Bhriain, mezzo-soprano
Sarah McMahon, cello
Claire Duff, violin

Beethoven Variations on “Bei Männern” from The Magic Flute for cello and piano

Lieder with piano
Three Songs Op. 83
Wonne der Wehmut
Mit einem gemalten Band

Two songs from Mignon
Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (WoO 134)
Kennst Du das Land (Op. 75, No. 1)

Irish Folk Songs with piano trio
The Wand’ring Gypsey, Sirs, am I (WoO 152, No. 23)
Sad and luckless was the season (WoO 153, No. 6)
O Harp of Erin (WoO 154, No. 2)

Beethoven Piano Trio Op.1 No.3

In this programme members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, directed by Finghin Collins, explore works by Beethoven as part of the 250th anniversary year.

We start with a short set of variations for cello and piano on Papageno and Pamina’s duet “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute - full of charm and invention, and quite virtuosic for both instruments.

His 'Irish Songs' and 'Lieder' receive a rare outing in this programme, brought to life by mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain. A Scottish publisher, George Thompson, asked Beethoven to arrange music for a series of folk songs, although Beethoven never visited Ireland or the British Isles. Thompson also commissioned Haydn to undertake a similar project, leading Beethoven in 1812 to write, in a fit of irritability ‘I know that Haydn got four ducats last year for songs he did, and, of course, Kozeluch did them for two. Congratulations on that. I’m surprised you esteem him so much, because I’m better than that miserable swine.’

Despite their designation, Beethoven’s Op.1 trios were not his first published compositions; this distinction belongs rather to his Dressler Variations for keyboard (WoO 63). Evidently these pieces were the earliest ones he had produced that were substantial enough to constitute a first major publication in order to audition his style for the musical public. This work was later recycled by Beethoven into the String Quintet in C minor Op.104.

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