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Dubourg: 'Welcome Home, Mr Dubourg'

Magazine article Gramophone

Dubourg: 'Welcome Home, Mr Dubourg'

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Dubourg 'Welcome home, Mr Dubourg' Dubourg Ciste no stor. Dubourg's Maggot. Eileen Aroon. Hibernia's sons, your voices raise. Now the mingling hosts engage. Ode for Dublin Castle. Soft breathes the melting flute. Trumpet Tune. Violin Concerto in D. Welcome home, Mr Dubourg Corelli Violin Sonata, Op 5 No 9 Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins, RV519 Sophie Gent, Claire Duff vns Anna Devin sop Rachel Kelly mez Edward Grint bass Irish Baroque Orchestra / Peter Whelan Linn (F) CKD532 (6V * DDD * T)

If the name Matthew Dubourg (1703-67) rings any bells today it's probably because there's a rather good story about the violinist-composer performing with Handel in Dublin--an encounter wittily referenced in the title of this fascinating project by Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. But in Dubourg's own age it was a different matter. Praised in poetry and song, even delighting the demanding Charles Burney, this pupil of Geminiani was, in Whelan's words, 'one of Ireland's most influential musicians'.

Up until now Dubourg's music has remained unpublished and unrecorded, so this disc is a treasure trove of world premieres, exploring the musician's double life as both composer and virtuoso performer. The latter means setting Dubourg's own music alongside works by Corelli and Vivaldi--a fascinating if brave comparison.

Dubourg's Violin Concerto in D is an attractive affair. The opening Adagio is all stately, Handelian swagger--a curtain-raiser for a graceful, lilting dance of an Allegro, a courtly slow movement and a larky closer that's more romping Irish jig than polished giga. …

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