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Messiah as never before  Music & Vision 27.11.2003 by Howard Smith
Dublin-born conductor brings solace to Russian island The Irish Times By Dan McLaughlin
The strongest Maestro (in Russian) by Gerard Kimelis
To Russia with Love. A bizarre story from Moscow, by Howard Smith
... of three concerts collectively titled 'Gennady Rozhdestvensky and His Pupils' attentive Muscovites heard the sixteen-member Ensemble XXI Moscow ....

Readers' Digest November-December 1999 by Marina Blaganravova
MOZART FOR MOSCOW COURTYARDS
Two young foreign musicians didn't imagine how much bravery their love of music would demand.....
Review of Ensemble XXI Moscow’s performance of the Nordic Premiere of Haydn’s Opera “Orfeo and Euridice” in Ilomantsi, Finland

Helsingin Sanomat (the main Finnish National Daily newspaper with the biggest circulation of any paper in Scandinavia and Nordic Europe) 15.07.1996


Review of Ensemble XXI Moscow’s performance of the Nordic Premiere of Haydn’s Opera “Orfeo and Euridice” in  Finland
DAZZLING COLORATURA WITH RUSSIAN EMOTION
Haydn’s unknown opera proves itself a surprising masterpiece

Although there are many beautiful wooden Churches in Finland, the IIomantsi Church one of the most beautiful. It is like a fairy tale. It created the perfect atmosphere the Opera, Orpheus and Euridice. With this music the Church celebrated its 200th anniversary.
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Interview with Lygia O'Riordan in "The Independent"The following article appeared in The Independent on Saturday 12 March 1994
When Moscow snubbed her cosmopolitan group, Lygia O'Riordan went on hunger strike. Andrew Green reports:
PRIDE AGAINST THE ODDS

A call from the airport, and my meeting with Lygia O'Riordan was postponed. Back home in Moscow, Ensemble XXI's principal sponsor, the Progress Bank, was about to pull the financial plug. As usual, O'Riordan was adding the role of Ms Fixit to her duties as the conductor of an orchestra whose very title is a statement of faith in Russia's future.
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 Lygia O'Riordan conducting Ensemble XXI, picture in IzvestiaIzvestia  Internationalism in action. Performance of Ensemble XXI Moscow just before their tour to England.

  

RossiaTHOSE MAD MUSICIANS by Vera Kolosova
Published by Rossia, the Russian newspaper, circulation throughout the CIS. Considered to be one of Russia’s most serious papers. This article appeared in the Spring of 1992.

At the end of our conversation I didn’t ask "where is your home" because the answer was obvious. The daughter of an Irish Diplomat, she has traveled to many countries because of her father’s career. She does not believe in borders between countries but rather in an independence of spirit. No, she does not stress this. She simply lives like this. For her this is the only way to exist. Confident that the 21st century will bring a time when musicians will be able to play together without barriers, she named her orchestra ENSEMBLE XXI. She is a person of the future. I for one hope that such people are responsible for the future.

Still a lot of people consider Lygia O’Riordan’s ideas to be quite mad. A conductor who could have worked in the West, a musician with a European cultural background has come to Moscow to found an international chamber orchestra.
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