Sunday 03 December

Complete Beethoven Cycle: Programme 4

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

Time 4:00pm
Chapter House, St Mary's Cathedral Kilkenny Kilkenny

Tickets: €15/€10 or special 9-concert offer €120 / €70 086 177 7017 or at door more info

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  • Bogdan Sofei
    violin 1
  • Ingrid Nicola
    violin 2
  • Andreea Banciu
  • Adrian Mantu
  • Beethoven
    Quartet in C minor, Op.18, No. 4
  • Deirdre McKay
    new work, RTÉ commission
  • Beethoven
    Quartet in E-flat major, Op.74 "Harp"

The last of the Op. 18 Quartets to be completed, the Fourth Quartet saw Beethoven getting into his stride as his long creative march away from the influence of Mozart and Haydn developed a surer sense of direction.

Pointedly rooted in the key of C major (previously employed by his Classical totems for dramatic effect) the Fourth Quartet’s tempestuous opening announces a work in which Beethoven’s own searching credo begins to break through the conventions of inherited tradition.

Drawn from Beethoven’s ‘middle period’, the Op. 74 Tenth Quartet was nicknamed the Harp Quartet by the composer’s publisher for its striking mimickry of the Irish instrument’s distinctive plucked sound.

Deirdre McKay’s new RTÉ-commissioned work comes from a composer ‘exceptionally imaginative in the sound world she creates’ (Irish Examiner).