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Donnacha Dennehy: The Hunger

Donnacha Dennehy

Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy takes us on a deep dive into his docu-oratorio The Hunger, inspired by Ireland's Great Famine (1845-52). At once devastating and hauntingly beautiful, The Hunger draws on the letters of American humanitarian Asenath Nicholson, who traveled to Ireland to bear witness to the horrible events. The new album (from Nonesuch Records) features contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound with soprano Katherine Manley, and legendary sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.

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