Keith Pascoe, Elizabeth Charleson, Simon Aspell, Christopher Marwood.
Beethoven Quartet Op.18 No.2
Beethoven Quartet Op.74
The Vanbrugh Quartet was based in Cork from 1986 to 2017 and over its three decades the group gave close to three thousand concerts, presenting the chamber music repertoire to audiences throughout Ireland, Europe, the Americas and the Far East. Commercial recordings include more than thirty CDs of repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. In 2016 the group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.
The members of the Vanbrugh Quartet were also creators of the National String Quartet Foundation which promotes the work of Irish musicians and creates and supports live chamber music events at venues throughout Ireland. As part of the Foundation’s series of concerts in autumn 2020 celebrating the music of Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth, members of the Vanbrugh Quartet come together once more to help mark this unique occasion.
They will present two of Beethoven’s sixteen quartets. His charming and witty G major quartet Op.18 No.2 is from the ground breaking early set of quartets published in 1800 which were inspired by the work of Haydn and Mozart but which departed radically from it and bear the young composer’s distinctive stamp. His E flat quartet Op.74 was written just a few years later, in 1809, the same year as the ‘Emperor’ piano concerto and a year which saw Vienna bombarded and occupied by Napoleon. This is a different musical world, presenting a rich, lyrical landscape in a serene masterpiece.
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