Welcome Home, Mr Dubourg


A musical retrospective of one of Ireland’s most important musicians and composers, Matthew Dubourg.

Irish Baroque Orchestra | Peter Whelan, Artistic Director
feat Anna Devin (soprano), Rachel Kelly (mezzo soprano), Edward Grint (bass) & Sophie Gent (violin)


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Peter Whelan on Welcome Home, Mr Dubourg…

Peter Whelan champions the music of Matthew Dubourg (1703-1767) in his recording debut as Artistic Director of Irish Baroque Orchestra.

Dubourg, a pupil of Francesco Geminiani, was a charismatic virtuoso and composer who Whelan believes deserves to be acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most influential musicians. Dubourg was chiefly celebrated during his own lifetime as a performer, enjoying widespread fame as a virtuoso violinist plus a close friendship with Handel. Dubourg forged strong ties with Ireland throughout his career; he was engaged as a member of the orchestra based at Dublin Castle in 1723 and a short five years later was appointed‘Chief Composer and Master of His Majesty’s Musick attending the State in Ireland’.

The eclectic programme showcases a composer whose music is shot-through with humanity, charm, virtuosity and wit.With many of his compositions having only recently come to light, most are presented here for the very first time. Peter Whelan’s identification of the anonymous libretto of Dubourg’s 1739 ode for George II’s birthday–through the text printed in the Daily Gazetteer of 10 November 1739–has allowed for this premiere recording of ‘Crowned with a more illustrious light’.

Other works includes arrangements of Irish traditional melodies, music written for royal celebrations and virtuosic violin solo sin the fashionable Italian style. Corelli’sViolin Sonata in A major, Op. 5 No. 9 and Vivaldi’s Concerto in A major for two violins,RV 519 paint a picture of the musical landscape in which Dubourg’s creativity flourished.

Soloists include violinist Sophie Gent, soprano Anna Devin, mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly and bass Edward Grint plus plus a wonderful chorus. This recording is an exciting rediscovery of long forgotten, but truly wonderful, music from Ireland’s past.

Dubourg sessions: St Jude’s on the Hill,  Hampstead Garden Suburb, August 2018.

(Image by Marshall Light Studio)

Track Listing:

Music by Matthew Dubourg (1703-1767)
1. Hibernia’s sons, your voices raise
2. Vivaldi, Concerto in A major for two violins, RV 519
5. Dubourg’s Maggot
6. Violin Concerto in D major
10. Eileen Aroon
11. Ciste no stor
12. Corelli, Violin Sonata in A major, Op.s No. 9
16. Now the mingling hosts engage
17. Soft breathes the melting flute
18. Ode for Dublin Castle, Crown’d with a more illustrious light (1739)
28. ‘Welcome home, Mr Dubourg’
(Running Time: 60:58)

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