Sat 8 Oct 2022
1:00pm | €16/13 | Promo codes can be applied at checkout
Sat 8 Oct 2022
1:00pm | €16/13 | Promo codes can be applied at checkout

Donnacha Dennehy’s ‘Wig’ was commissioned by the Foundation as a companion piece to Beethoven’s quartet Op.135. Entertaining and vital, as Donnacha’s music always is, it sits equally well on its own and is here surrounded by two lesser known masterpieces.

Shostakovich’s fourth quartet belongs to the group of works of Jewish inspiration that were in part a reaction to the murder of Jews in German-occupied Europe and in part a protest against the resurgent spirit of anti-Semitism apparent in Russia. Although the quartet was written in 1949, it was not felt safe to premiere it until 1953, after the death of Stalin. César Franck wrote his dramatic and powerful string quartet in 1890, the last year of his life.

The Musicians

Mia Cooper
Anna Cashell
Joachim Roewer
William Butt

The Programme

Shostakovich – Quartet No.4 in D major
Donnacha Dennehy – ‘Wig’
Franck – Quartet in D major

Running time: 90 minutes

Autumn String Quartet Series

The Autumn String Quartet Series is back with music from four wonderful quartets, with programmes featuring Tom Lane, Shostakovich, Linda Buckley, Ravel and more. This series is part of our longstanding partnership with the National String Quartet Foundation. Funded by the Arts Council and RTÉ Lyric FM.

Sat 24 Sept – Banbha Quartet
Sat 8 Oct – Esposito Quartet
Sat 26 Nov – Marmen Quartet
Sat 10 Dec – Ficino Quartet

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