Thursday 05 October

Complete Beethoven Cycle: Programme 2

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

Time 6:00pm
Limerick City Gallery of Art Limerick

Tickets: €15/€10 or special 9-concert offer €75 , tickets at door more info

  • Limerick City Gallery of Art
    Thu 05 Oct6:00pm More Info
  • Triskel Christchurch Arts Centre, Cork
    Thu 12 Oct6:30pm Book Now
  • Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
    Fri 13 Oct8:00pm Book Now
  • Chapter House, St Mary's Cathedral Kilkenny
    Sun 15 Oct4:00pm More Info
  • Kevin Barry Recital Room, NCH
    Sun 22 Oct3:00pm Book Now
  • Bogdan Sofei
    violin 1
  • Ingrid Nicola
    violin 2
  • Andreea Banciu
  • Adrian Mantu
  • Beethoven
    Quartet in G major, Op.18, No. 2
  • Raymond Deane
    Quartet VI (new RTÉ commission)
  • Beethoven
    Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2

Conspicuous in Beethoven’s String Quartets is his desire to move his musical language away from the confines of tradition and towards greater complexity of expression. Their searching for a new sophistication anticipates the clinical exploration of music’s building blocks that would only begin to be articulated in the 20th Century.

Rooted in the idioms of Mozart and Haydn, the Second Quartet is more than mere musical mimickry, with surprises aplenty hinting at new directions.

The Eighth Quartet (the second Razumovsky Quartet) is more explicit in its testing of boundaries, the brittle beauty of its serene second movement as intimate and interior as anything Beethoven wrote.

Raymond Deane’s RTÉ-commissioned String Quartet VI constantly builds, dis-assembles and re-constructs its material in a thoroughly modern interrogation of musical form.