The Complete Beethoven Cycle 5 Book Tickets

Date:
Thursday 25 January 2018
Time:
6:30pm
Price:€12/10
The Complete Beethoven Cycle 5

RTÉ Contempo Quartet – Beethoven Music for a Later Age

Beethoven String Quartet No. 5, Op. 18 No. 5 in A

Ina Boyle String Quartet in E minor

Jane O’Leary the passing of sound forever

Beethoven String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 in F

Creative tensions between the past and the future flared up in the sinewy compression of Beethoven’s Fifth Quartet. And found grave intensity in the Op.95 ‘Quartetto Serioso’. Ina Boyle’s only String Quartet bears the bucolic stamp of early 20th-Century English Pastoralism.

 

By the end of Beethoven’s Op. 18 Quartets, Mozart continued to exert an influence and Haydn was still composing. The resulting creative tension between the past and Beethoven’s ambition to forge a new musical language became more pronounced.

The most Mozartian of all Beethoven’s Quartets in design and execution, the Fifth Quartet owes much, including its key signature, to Mozart’s Eighteenth Quartet (K464).

Anticipating the granitic intensity of the late quartets, the Eleventh Quartet charts how far Beethoven had travelled in the preceding decade. He labelled it his ‘Quartetto Serioso’.

Ina Boyle was one of the most serious-minded Irish composers of her generation. The distinguishing tone of her 1934 String Quartet is one of gentle rhapsody, her harmonic language indebted to the English school of the early 20th Century.

Beethoven’s sixteen quartets and the Grosse Fugue still stand today as some of the most extraordinary and innovative music ever composed. Written over a span of thirty years in roughly three blocks, Beethoven took the form, perfected by “Papa Haydn” and developed further by Mozart , completely revising and transforming it.

Nos. 1-6, written when he was in his late twenties were early explorations into the form and although lighter than many of the later works there is always a dark side too. The Middle Quartets have at their core the three Razumovskys, commissioned by Count (later Prince) Razumovsky which included Russian themes. Already aware of his deafness, he wrote on one of the sketches:

“Make no secret of your deafness, not even in art!”

The five Late Quartets and Grosse Fugue undoubtedly represent the ultimate in quartet writing, the very best of Beethoven’s genius, described by him to his musicians as:

“music not for you, but for a later age”

Ten Irish works complement each of the nine programmes, with works dating from 1934 to the present day, including three new RTÉ commissions.

ABOUT RTÉ CONTEMPO QUARTET

The RTÉ Contempo Quartet is one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today. The members studied together in Bucharest, formed a quartet in 1995 and were appointed as Galway Music Residency’s Quartet in Residence in 2003 and RTÉ’s Quartet in Residence in May 2014. They have given over 120 performances for RTÉ so far with another 40+ planned for the 2017-18 season.

“Full of telling detail…this was a performance undertaken out of love for the music” (Irish Times, 2016)

In its three previous seasons for RTÉ the Quartet has focused on the core repertoire of Haydn and Bartók in particular, with the complete Beethoven Cycle to perform during 2017-18 including three new commissions by Irish composers. At the heart of every performance is the desire to communicate to its audience both the love of, and delight in the music, and the Quartet has gained many new fans with its fresh and enthusiastic approach to a wide variety of repertoire. They continue in their role as educators with quartet workshop sessions in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin as well as one-to-one teaching in the RIAM and DIT colleges.

1. Please note all performances in Triskel Christchurch begin at 8pm sharp (unless otherwise stated).
Latecomers may enter on applause only

2. Going into Christchurch? Plastic glasses only

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