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TESTIMONY – Irish Chamber Orchestra & Barry McGovern

TESTIMONY – Irish Chamber Orchestra & Barry McGovern

Thurs 27 June, 8:00pm  |  Tickets: €22 / €20 (conc) 

TESTIMONY, a fascinating piece of music theatre captures extracts from the powerful memoirs of Shostakovich, as (allegedly) dictated to musicologist, Solomon Volkov. Volkov’s TESTIMONY is an astonishingly divisive read – its authenticity is still debated today. The evening traces the life of Shostakovich, his respect for his teacher Alexander Glazunov, his relationship with Stalin – and with composers Stravinsky, Britten and Bach. Musical illuminations by the Irish Chamber Orchestra support the narrative throughout this powerful production, culminating in Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony (8th String Quartet), one of his most personal works, dedicated ‘to the victims of fascism and war’: a gripping portrayal of the brutality and consequence of conflict becoming a metaphor for the composer’s personal despair.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is Ireland’s most dynamic ensemble - its concerts are feted for their energy and style. Barry McGovern has had a lauded career in theatre, film, television and radio. His portrayal of Shostakovich is a subtle and convincing study of a complicated man aging.

  • Shostakovich Theme on the composer’s motif (DSCH)
  • Shostakovich Scherzo Allegro molto from Two Pieces for String Octet
  • Shostakovich Waltz from Jazz Suite No. 2 arr.
  • Paul Lavender Glasunov Meditation in D major, Op. 32 arr. Christian Elliott
  • Britten Bourée classique from Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge,
  • Stravinsky Vivace from Concerto in D major for String Orchestra
  • Bach Fugue on the B-A-C-H motif, BWV 898
  • Shostakovich Theme on the composer’s motif (DSCH)
  • Shostakovich Chamber Symphony op. 110a arr. Barshai

“The concert full of splendid music under leader Katherine Hunka, benefited from an eclectic approach….overall a stimulating and thought-provoking concert” Sunday Business Post

“McGovern’s voice – gives texture to the high and low reach of the prose, with its juxtaposition of beauty and baseness, sweet love and scatological obsession” Irish Time








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