Thursday 05 April

Complete Beethoven Cycle, Programme 8

Time 6:00pm
Limerick City Gallery of Art Limerick

Tickets: €15 /€10 special 9-concert series €75 more info

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  • Bogdan Sofei
    violin 1
  • Ingrid Nicola
    violin 2
  • Andreea Banciu
  • Adrian Mantu
  • John Kinsella
    String Quartet No. 3
  • Beethoven
     String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 in A minor

In his last quartets, Beethoven seems possessed by an urge to test the limits of what music can convey. Whether Beethoven meant his late quartets as self-analysis or unchecked confession remains unknown. (The investigation of the interior self was a novel notion, its codification by Sigmund Freud still decades away.) But their power to communicate with unfettered emotional directness renders them as some of the most potent of artistic testimonies.

The five-movement Fifteenth Quartet (Op. 132) was completed while in ill health and begins in shadow, plumbs the darkest depths and ends in sublime sweetness.

John Kinsella’s Third Quaret (1977) carries some of the chiaroscuro anxiety of the Op. 132, its decidedly more modern sensibilty revealing the string quartet as a still cogent and compelling form.