Link to the Old Style Via Donnacha Dennehy


For this New Sounds, John Schaefer catches up with the Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, who also presents some of his latest music including a bit of his multi-media musical theatre piece, “the Hunger.”  Based on the events of the Irish famine, this opera-in-progress incorporates the unaccompanied Irish vocal music called Sean nós, like Dennehy’s previous work, “Grá agus Bás.” In “The Hunger,” however, Dennehy knits vintage recordings of sean-nós into the piece and uses the writings of American non-conformist Asenath Nicholson to inform the main narrative. 

Also, listen to an arrangement for cello & electronics of Dennehy’s “Aisling Gheal” and an exclusive performance recording by Crash Ensemble of his “Disposable Dissonance.”

PROGRAM # 3469, with Donnacha Dennehy   (First aired on 5/16/2013)                                                 





Donnacha Dennehy

Grá agus Bás (Love and Death)

Grá agus Bás, excerpt [1:00]

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Donnacha Dennehy

Private recording

Aisling Gheal for cello and electronics, arr. Dennehy [5:46]

This performance not commercially available.

Alan Pierson, Alarm Will Sound

Private performance recording

Donnacha Dennehy: The Hunger (opera in progress) [7:40]

A different performance of this exists on Soundcloud:

Crash Ensemble, Alan Pierson conducting

Private performance recording

Dennehy: Disposable Dissonance [17:00]

This performance not commercially available.

Kronos Quartet
Mikhail Alexandrovich, cantor

Night Prayers

Golijov: K'vakarat [8:15]

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