Saturday 16th February 2019 at 1pm

Keith Pascoe, violin
Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood, cello

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The Vanbrugh continue their exploration of the great piano quartet repertoire in the company of acclaimed Belfast pianist Michael McHale – recently appointed lecturer at CIT Cork School of Music.

SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus D.899 [1827]

I have known and loved these impromptus since childhood, performing the fourth impromptu in my first ever public recital, and recording all four a couple of years ago in Berlin for the Ergodos label. Like all of Schubert’s music, there is a beautiful, natural simplicity in the way the music unfolds, and the third impromptu in particular is as lyrical and poignant as any of his finest songs. (Michael McHale)

BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor Op.25 [1856-1861]

This was the work that first brought fame to Brahms. It was premiered in Hamburg by Clara Schumann in 1861, but Brahms played it the following year on his Viennese debut as composer and pianist and it was an instant popular hit, in part thanks to a brilliant finale inspired by Hungarian Gypsy music.

Saturday 9th March 2019 at 1pm

Siobhan Doyle, violin
Siun Milne, violin
Ed Creedon, viola
Christopher Ellis, cello 

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The Lir Quartet return with a wonderfully contrasted programme of works by Britten and Mendelssohn.  

BRITTEN: String Quartet No.3 Op.94 [1975]

Britten’s last completed instrumental work was written in 1975 during his final illness, the first four movements at his home in Aldeburgh and the fifth at Hotel Danieli, Venice. Britten worked on it with the Amadeus Quartet who premiered it at The Maltings, Snape, two weeks after the composer's death. Musicologist Brian Hogwood writes: ‘The third quartet, then, is where Britten officially takes his leave… this is the moment where he gives up his soul, in music of affecting beauty. The last movement ensures he leaves with his head held high, innovating and captivating to the very end’

MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in D major Op.44 No.1 [1838]

 The 28-year-old Felix Mendelssohn composed his three Opus 44 quartets during a period of great success and happiness in his life and this brilliant D major quartet is decidedly filled with light and and joy [Misha Amory]