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2006-12-20 NCH Dublin

reviewe by Rianne

 

Like Sabine said, the tenors started off with "Nessun Dorma", which is one of my absolute favourites on their opera repertoire. When they got to the "vocalizing" part they tried to get the audience to participate, but I think everyone still had to warm up a bit or was feeling shy, because it didn't really get off the ground. The applause afterwards was very enthusiastic, though, so that made up for it. I forgot to take the song list off the stage (not that I have ever done that before - ahem....), so I don't remember the exact order of the songs, and I might miss a few (those who were there can feel free to add to this)

 

- "An Poc Ar Buile"
- "Shenandoah"
- "Bacarolle" (with Deirdre)
- "Spanish Lady/Mary's Wedding"
- "All Out Of Love"
- "Caledonia"
- "Still By Your Side"
- "Oh Holy Night"
- "Panis Angelicus" *)
- "Paddy McGinty's Goat"
- "Silent Night"
- "Bells of Peace (with Deirdre and the St. Cecilia's Choir)
- A Christmas medley ("White Christmas"/"Away In A Manger"/"Adeste Fideles")
- Ireland's Call

 

*) Not the version everyone knows, but a version re-written especially for our tenors by an Irish songwriter whose name, I am ashamed to admit, I have forgotten. He was in the audience, though, and the song was beautiful! This was the first time ever the tenors sang this in public, and I am glad I was there to hear it!

 

Deirdre sang "Dormi Jesu", "I Don't Want To Talk About It" and "The Prayer" with Matthew. As always, she sounded fantastic and looked just as fantastic, wearing the black dress with the red flowers, the dark blue dress with the silver decorations, and another beautiful dark blue dress for "Bells of Peace" and the Christmas songs.

 

The amazing choir of the St Cecilia's School of Song sang a wonderfully upbeat Christmas song called "Joy". They got a huge and well-deserved applause :)

"Bells of Peace" was breathtaking, and like I said: David HAS to release that! The story behind it is very moving, and was part of the reason I was in serious need of some hankies by the end of it ;) And again: Martin Quinn deserves a special mention for his backing vocals on Deirdre's "I Don't Want To Talk About It"!

 

Anecdotes:
- When Deirdre had sung "I Don't Want To Talk About It", she asked the audience whether they could guess which of the tenors was her brother. When the entire first row and half the second row (i.e. the concert regulars) started laughing at that, Deirdre giggled too and said "Yes, I know the first row knows!" Of course, it also helped that Matthew was "sneakily" peeking out from the wings ;)
- Like I said in my earlier post, the squabble during "Paddy McGinty's Goat" keeps getting better and better. All three the tenors have come up with ways and comments to keep it interesting even if you have seen it before, but I won't tell you what that is and spoil the fun ;)

The meet & greet afterwards lasted long (much longer than the staff of the NCH would have liked it to), so there's no need for James to apologise for the "brevity", because it wasn't brief! And either way, many meet & greet with our tenors and Deirdre, however short, is good enough :) As Daryl and James mentioned, the guys and Deirdre were spoiled with lots of gifts and other goodies in addition to their cards. Autographs were signed, lots of pictures taken with many different cameras, and there was lots of laughter all around. There was quite a few VSP (Very Special People) around that night, and I am not just referring to our tenors, Deirdre and David. To name but one: our own Donna had joined the girls of the St Cecilia's School (her own school after all) for this trip, and it was lovely seeing her again as well.

In the end, the staff were indeed locking the building on us, and we were kindly but urgently requested to leave. ;) All in all, this evening was well worth my trip, but I knew that long before I got on the plane.

Love to you all and a very Merry Christmas!