The Bartok Project No.5 – RTE Contempo Quartet Book Tickets

Thursday 23 February

The Bartok Project No 5 – Bartok/Haydn/David Coonan
The fifth in a six part series of performances by RTÉ Contempo Quartet

The six quartets of Béla Bartók written between 1908 and 1939 form the cornerstone of RTÉ Contempo Quartet’s 2016-17 season, complemented by the superb Op 76 quartets 1-6 by Haydn and six works by contemporary Irish composers, including four new RTÉ commissions which receive their premieres during the series.

Bartók wrote his first quartet aged 27 reflecting on his unrequited love for violinist Stefi Geyer, the music full of passionate intensity and romance. In contrast, Haydn was 65 when he completed his Op 76, published in 1799 and dedicated to Count Joseph Erdödy. His last complete set, the six quartets are widely regarded as his finest and Op 76 no1 looks firmly forward to Beethoven yet retains Haydn’s optimistic personality and musical trademarks.

The programme features a performance of a new work by Irish Composer David Coonan.

Season At A Glance