Recordings by Camerata Ireland
Camerata Ireland have recorded the anthology of Beethoven’s Five Piano Concertos, alongside his wonderful Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello.
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This CD includes Piano concerto No. 1 in C and No. 5 (The Emperor) in E Flat. The cover photo is a misty, moody shot of the Cliffs of Moher on the West Coast of Ireland, but there’s nothing grey or hazy about these performances.
“Camerata Ireland’s lightly shaped, fleetly delivered Beethoven concerto series reaches its mid-way point with performances of the First and the Fifth, the noble Emperor, that bear the Belfast virtuoso’s signature flair for rhapsodic expressivity but surprise, too, with their self-effacing delicacy and over-arching tone of congeniality.” Michael Quinn (Journal of Music)
Barry Douglas’s performance with Camerata Ireland is a wonderful piece of work in every respect. The recording is detailed and clean. The playing is excellent, and Douglas’ interpretations are a marvel of musical freedom of expression.
“Douglas delivers hugely conceived and flamboyantly executed performances. Because all the musical direction is coming from Douglas, these are inevitably highly individualistic performances with distinctively inflected phrasing and shaped structures, performances that make Beethoven sound less like the post-Classical successor of Mozart than the early Romantic contemporary of Weber and Hummel.” James Leonard (All Music)
This is the last in the series of recordings available in a very special Clandeboye Festival edition.
“Douglas creates an effervescent opening Allegro, a singing central Largo, and a laughing, closing Rondo alla polacca. Appropriately, the performances are poised between the dramatic and the lyrical, with the soloists at the front of the stage and the orchestra providing a balance between support and assertion.” James Leonard (All Music)