REVIEWS

The Trials of Tenducci (Linn Records) March 2021

“the CD is an interesting, well-performed showcase of music in and around Tenducci’s Dublin” - Brian Robins, Early Music Review

“a great new album from the Irish Baroque Orchestra” - Evelyn Grant’s Weekend Drive, RTÉ Lyric FM

“There’s Mozart, there’s operatic virtuosity from the pen of Arne, and other relative obscurities, too. Refreshingly novel. **** ”

- Ken Walton, The Scotsman

“Whelan handles the music with typically invigorating drive and, like the agile mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, responds to the album’s classical treatment of Irish tunes without undue sentimentality. **** ” - Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

"The musicians are on terrific form, whether it be giving us Mozartian (or Bachian) grace or launching into Irish folk tunes. In the arias Tara Erraught both engages and impresses, she sings with a lovely warm tone yet can whizz through the passagework as well. This is a lovely, imaginative disc. ***** ” - Robert Hugill, PlanetHugill.com

Praise for 'The Trials of Tenducci' Concert Performance (February 2020)

“Whelan and the IBO are lively guides to this repertoire, and Tara Erraught was a tower of strength in repertoire that took her way beyond a mezzo-soprano’s normal range - the Mozart/castrato connection was expressed through the virtuoso motet, Exsultate, jubilate.”-Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

“Eclectic, surprising, and engaging, this lengthy programme is met with warm applause at the end, and the promise of a recording to follow.” -Michael Lee, Golden Plec

 

 

Review of 'Concerto da Camera' at the NCH Chamber Series (November 2019)

 

"Peter Whelan’s rocketing bassoon playing in the Sonata sopra La Monica by Böddecker was the kind of thing once heard, never forgotten. And he proved an equally agile partner to the recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus in Vivaldi’s Sonata in A minor for recorder and bassoon, RV86... And, for sheer sparkle and vivacity, nothing else over the weekend came close to the 90 minutes of this group’s lively offerings."

-Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

Reviews for 'Griselda' with Irish National Opera (October 2019)

"A triumph is the way their singing is so naturally complemented by the conductor Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra: energy, emotion, baroque sound, not once masking voices." - Michael Dungan, The Irish Times 

"The music is by turns mercurial, sensitive, and brilliant, with Peter Whelan’s leadership drawing fine and natural performances from singers and Irish Baroque Orchestra instrumentalists alike... superb accompaniment from the orchestra" - Michael Lee, Golden Plec

Reviews for ‘Welcome Home, Mr Dubourg’ (Linn Records, May 2019)

" This is a real find... brilliantly performed" - The Sunday Times 

"It really is a delightful listen" - 'Classics Unwrapped', BBC Radio Scotland

"The Irish Baroque Orchestra provide energetic and evocative performances of this unfamiliar repertoire ..." - Early Music Review

“A treasure trove of world premières… as musical homecomings go this is definitely more Prodigal Son than unwelcome guest” - Gramophone Magazine (UK) 

“Attractive music, outstandingly performed by the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Irish Baroque Orchestra Chorus under Peter Whelan and by the soloists” - Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

“with conductor Peter Whelan in dynamic form, the IBO has recorded Dubourg’s complete 1739 ode, ‘Crowned with a more illustrious light’, a work which Whelan has managed, literally, to piece together from jumbled manuscripts in London’s Royal College of Music.”  - The Irish Times

“The two most outstanding works are a beautiful violin concerto (with Sophie Gent as soloist) and the Ode for Dublin Castle (with the soprano Anna Devin)” - Scherzo Magazine (Spain)