Thursday 14 September

Complete Beethoven Cycle: Programme 1

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

Time 6:00pm
Limerick City Gallery of Art Limerick

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  • Limerick City Gallery of Art
    Thu 14 Sep6:00pm More Info
  • Chapter House, St Mary's Cathedral Kilkenny
    Sun 17 Sep4:00pm More Info
  • Triskel Christchurch Arts Centre, Cork
    Sat 23 Sep6:30pm Book Now
  • Kevin Barry Recital Room, NCH
    Sun 24 Sep3:00pm Book Now
  • Bogdan Sofei
    Violin 1
  • Ingrid Nicola
    Violin 2
  • Andreea Banciu
  • Adrian Mantu
  • Beethoven
    Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1
  • Brian Boydell
    Quartet No. 1
  • Beethoven
    Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1

Beethoven’s String Quartets mark the beginning of a remarkable creative journey. One that transformed the nature of the string quartet, taking it to emotional heights and depths unwitnessed before and, arguably, never since.

The First Quartet reveals a musical form in transition. Indebted to the Classical model created by Mozart and developed by Haydn, it is stamped through with Beethoven’s own questing signature and lit up by novel ideas hinting at the maturity to come.

Composed in 1949, Brian Boydell’s Quartet No. 1 also finds itself on a musical cusp: caught between traditional conservatism and the post-war avant-garde.

The First Razumovsky Quartet reveals a new complexity in Beethoven’s musical language, with new challenges to players and listeners alike that would reach frutition in the composer’s monumental late quartets.