Celebrate the best of Beethoven with Triskel and the National String Quartet Foundation
In 2020, Triskel and the National String Quartet Foundation celebrated the 250 th anniversary of the birth of the composer with a year-long series of concerts, some of them even in-person. They finished the year on a high with a series of concerts online from Triskel, featuring the Vanbrugh, Ficino and 2020 Quartets. We bring you the best of those concerts now.
The Vanbrugh Quartet was based in Cork from 1986 to 2017 and gave close to 3,000 concerts worldwide as well as releasing more than thirty CDs of repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. The fourth in the set of Op.18 quartets is in Beethoven’s turbulent key of C minor and the first movement is highly theatrical in its portrayal of restlessness and conflict. The F major quartet Op.135, almost the last music that Beethoven wrote, is serene and conversational, its divine slow movement giving way to the finale entitled Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß [The difficult resolution].
The 2020 Quartet comprises the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s charismatic leader Katherine Hunka and three of Cork’s finest musicians, Marja Gaynor, Cian Ó Duill and Aoife Nic Athlaoich. Their programme is one of great contrast, the most Mozartian of Beethoven’s quartets, the A major Op.18 No.5, giving way to the concentrated drama of the Serioso quartet Op.95 in F minor.
Ficino Ensemble was formed by Artistic Director Nathan Sherman in 2012 as a flexible group aiming to perform popular chamber music alongside lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated. The Quartet features four outstanding musicians who are building an impressive reputation and an exciting repertoire. Their programme is one of the most contrasted in this series: the jollity of the first movement of Op.18, No.6 and the playful eccentricity of the Scherzo, even the rueful Malinconia [melancholy] of the last movement will set the architectural majesty of the C sharp minor quartet in stunning relief.
Cian Ó Dúill
Aoife Nic Athlaoich
Sound Chloe Nagle
Lighting Patrick Ryan and Cillian Hipwell
Videography for the Ficino Quartet and 2020 Quartet Dominik Kosicki
Videography for the Vanbrugh Quartet Epic Productions