RTÉ Contempo Quartet2

RTÉ Contempo Quartet concert series continues 2018

11 Jan; 8 Feb; 8 Mar; 5 Apr & 3 May 2018
Limerick City Gallery of Art



Thursday 11th  Jan 2018

Thursday 8th  Feb 2018

Thursday 8th Mar 2018

Thursday 5th Apr 2018

Thursday 3rd May 2018


From 6pm,   Tickets on the night at the Door:  €10/8 

come early to get a seat.



Bogdan Sofei, Violin;  Ingrid Nicola, ViolinAndreea Banciu, ViolaAdrian Mantu, Cello



Beethoven’s sixteen quartets and the Grosse Fugue still stand today as some of the most extraordinary and innovative music ever composed. Written over a span of thirty years in roughly three blocks, Beethoven took the form , perfected by “Papa Haydn” and developed further by Mozart , completely revising and transforming it. 

Nos. 1-6, written when he was in his late twenties were early explorations into the form and although lighter than many of the later works there is always a dark side too. The Middle Quartets have at their core the three Razumovskys, commissioned by Count (later Prince) Razumovsky which included Russian themes. Already aware of his deafness, he wrote on one of the sketches
 "Make no secret of your deafness, not even in art!"

The five Late Quartets and Grosse Fugue undoubtedly represent  the ultimate in quartet writing, the very best of Beethoven’s genius, described by him to his musicians as 


“music not for you, but for a later age”

Ten Irish works complement each of the nine programmes, with works dating from 1934 to the present day, including three new RTÉ commissions.






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