Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No.4 ‘Sunrise’
Jane O’Leary ‘The Passing Sound of Forever’
Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Formed in Bucharest in 1995, Galway’s Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTE’s Resident Quartet from 2013 until 2019, the multiple award-winning ConTempo Quartet is Ireland’s longest established string quartet. Their programme opens with one of Haydn’s most beloved creations, his Sunrise quartet. The nickname describes the opening bars, but all four movements are full of Haydn’s fathomless creativity and invention. Jane O’Leary’s 2015 quartet The Passing Sound of Forever was inspired by the first movement of Beethoven’s F minor quartet Op.95 and incorporates material from that work into characteristically evocative and compelling soundscapes. Turner was one of Debussy's favourite painters, and the sense of motion and activity in Turner's skies and seas finds its way into this stunning, sensual quartet from 1893.