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Clarinet Trio Touring July 2012

Carol McGonnell, Elizabeth Cooney, Finghin Collins

clarinet, violin, piano
touring to Kinsale, Listowel, Limerick, Wicklow, Westport

Sunday 15 July 8.00pm  St.Multose Church Kinsale, Co.Cork (Kinsale Arts Festival)
Monday 16 July 8.00pm  St.John's Theatre, Listowel, Co.Kerry
Tuesday 17 July 8.00pm St.Mary's Cathedral Limerick
Wednesday 18 July 8.00pm Callary Church, Co.Wicklow
Friday 20 July 8.00pm Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Co.Mayo

Stravinsky: "The Soldier's Tale"
Ravel: Piece en forme de habanera for clarinet and piano
Khachaturian: Clarinet Trio
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne for violin and piano
Schoenfield: Trio for clarinet, violin and piano


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Carol McGonnell - "we'll jump at pretty much any chance to see stellar clarinetist Carol McGonnell in action"  Time Out New York

Elizabeth Cooney - " ...unbelievable skills confirming the presence of a world class artist"  Irish Examiner

Finghin Collins - "This young pianist has everything to become a great artist: virtuosity, mastery, sensitivity,inspiration. But in addition he possesses a sort of poetry of expression and approach which touched us from the beginning to the end of the recital."
André Peyregne, Nice Matin


Clarinet Trio Tour - St Multose Church, Kinsale

Declan Townsend, Irish Examiner  Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Clarinettist Carol McGonnell, violinist Elizabeth Cooney and pianist Finghin Collins transformed what promised to be a distinctly non-festive, rather highbrow, unpopular programme into a musical experience that absolutely delighted the large attendance at Kinsale Arts Week.

The music of Igor Stravinsky is still thought by many listeners to be too dissonant; Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978), despite the ‘Onedin Line’ signature tune and his exciting ‘Sabre Dance’, is scarcely a household name; and the music of American composer, Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947) has yet to be discovered by most Irish musicians. The sheer technical brilliance, musicianship, and enthusiasm of these musicians totally charmed.

I feared that
Finghin Collins’ big tone might overpower Elizabeth Cooney’s ‘Soldier’s Violin’ but the balance was perfect, and, with the clarinet commenting on her brilliant staccato and his perfectly judged accompanying, this was electrifying. Similarly, the grotesquery of the piano in the final movement was superb.

Cooney’s tone reminds me of the playing of Isaac Stern and other great international artists, and her playing in Ravel’s Habanera and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne was not just technically perfect; it had real musical understanding also.

McGonnell’s involvement in every note, every phrase, is intense, physical, total, and beautiful. Khachaturian’s Trio gave her marvellous scope for expressive, if often virtuosic, playing. Her discovery, and the trio’s performance, of Schoenfield’s brilliantly exciting, Klezmer-style Trio was the icing on a musical cake that is well worth sampling.

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