Garrett Sholdice / Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra / 2014
Michael McHale / solo piano
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Gábor Tákacs-Nagy / conductor
University Concert Hall / University of Limerick / Ireland / March 2014
[Stream the entire performance: platformireland.ie/event/irish-chamber-orchestra-haydn-paris]
"The Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra is, like much of my work over the last year or so, an attempt to get as close as possible to my musical materials – to feel out a natural contour, an abstract poetry… It is the continuation of a striving for a particular clarity of experience ..." – Garrett Sholdice
“Throughout, there is an overwhelming element of hope and the entire work is rich in emotion.” – Thelma Harris, goldenplec.com, March 2014.
“The night’s highlight was the world premiere of Irish composer Garrett Sholdice’s Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra. […] The opening movement, in which the composer grasps a memory of Paris at dusk, had a visceral sense of space and time. – Dick O’Riordan, The Sunday Business Post, March 2014.
“… a mesmeric piece…” – Dick O’Riordan, The Sunday Business Post, March 2014.
Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra was commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra for the ICO and pianist Michael McHale, with partial funding from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.