Music Network presents Natalie Clein (cello), Julius Drake (piano) and Claire Booth (soprano)

30 November 2018
Tickets: €20/€18, €12 student

Tre Voci - Natalie Clein (cello), Julius Drake (piano) and Claire Booth (soprano)

For our end of year concerts, this consummate trio has come together to curate an intriguing exploration of three wonderfully expressive instruments. It’s often said that the cello is close to the human voice, and Clein’s cello quite literally sings, matched by the delicacy of pianist Julius Drake and the soaring tones of soprano Claire Booth. Renowned for an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, Booth’s operatic highlights include Elcia in Rossini’s Mose in Egitto, Elle in Poulenc's Voix Humaine and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. The trio has captivated audiences everywhere, winning plaudits for their dynamic energy and strong sense of narrative. 

“A golden timbre and fleet elegance…this is as close as you'll get to musical champagne” BBC Music Magazine [on Clein]

“Julius Drake’s exquisite piano accompaniment was a constant joy in a performance which, characteristically, always did more than support, yet somehow never overwhelmed or eclipsed, his fellow musicians.” – Bachtrack

“The clear, cool soprano of Claire Booth curled around the words and music, fusing them into something eloquent, poignant and touching” – Chicago Tribune [on Booth]

“Astonishing range of colours and... wide variety of expressive styles” –Gramophone Magazine [on Clein]

“[He] delivered an outstanding performance at the piano” – The New York Times [on Drake] 

“…a warm, silvery voice, crystalline passagework and a delectably flutey top...” – The Times [on Booth]

In addition don't miss a free talk in advance of the concert in the Monday, 26 November at 1 p.m. in Wexford Library with Dr Eamon Sweeney, who will talk about the featured works in the concert Friday 30 November.


Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) 

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
“Öffne dich, mein ganzes Herze”
from Cantata BWV 61

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
arr. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Five Spiritual Songs (Geistliche Lieder), a selection   
1. 'Gedenke doch', 'mein Geist'; 3. 'Liebster Herr Jesu'; 5. 'Bist du bei mir'; 4. 'Komm, süsser Tod'

John Cage (1912-1992)
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs

John Tavener (1944-2013)
Threnos (Lament)

John Tavener (1944-2013)
Akhmatova songs, a selection
3. 'Boris Pasternak'; 4. 'Couplet'; 1. 'Dante'

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91 
1. Gestillte Sehnsucht
2. Geistliches Wiegenlied

Deborah Pritchard (b.1977)
'Storm Song'
(Text by Jeanette Winterson)

Leoš Janácek (1854-1928) 
Pohádka (Fairy Tale)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Auf dem Strom, D. 943