Masterclass: Vanir Quartet with Chiaroscuro Quartet @ West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2019
I worry about the lightning speed with which I compose. Undoubtedly this is bad. Composition is a serious process. But I can’t rid myself of the bad habit. – Shostakovich in a letter to Shebalin 
In three successive concerts we have an intense immersion in the demanding combination of mature Mozart and early Beethoven. Quartets from France, Sweden and Turkey take turns to look at these six dramatic and inspiring quartets.
Haydn wrote so many quartets that posterity has liberally allocated nicknames to help us find a way through the maze. The Rider title refers to the hectic gallop in the Quartet’s finale that also stands out for the hire wire act by the first violin. The opening Allegro shows off even better Haydn’s delicious brand of acerbic wit cleverly contrasted with a genial Ländler. Beethoven’s second A major Violin Sonata is a work for connoisseurs that scorns virtuosity for a subtler beauty especially in the gentle Adagio.
Andrea Tarrodi’s haunting duo was written for the brother- sister pair Jon and Hanna Dahlkvist, a gentle prelude to the brutal world of Shostakovich’s overwhelming Trio. Written in 1944 as a personal funeral oration for his closest friend, Ivan Sollertinsky, the Trio transforms itself into a devastating Dance of Death that howls at the horrors of those terrible years.
Late night Dénes Várjon brings us Beethoven’s stupendous Grosse Sonate für das Hammer-Klavier. Beethoven intended this Sonata to be grander, more elaborate and more imposing than any previous sonata, bar none. Its unprecedented length is combined with extraordinary power and complexity and a vast tonal range in which practically every key signature from six flats to six sharps is used.
2. MORNING TALK – BRICK OVEN 10.00
Evelyn Grant in conversation with Dahlkvist Quartet
Talk Ends 10.40am
3. MASTERCLASS – THE MARITIME HOTEL 10.00
Docklands Quartet with Kerstin Dill
FREE ADMISSION CLASS ENDS 11.30
4. COFFEE CONCERT – ST BRENDAN’S CHURCH 11.00
Mozart Quartet in C major K.465 ‘Dissonance’
Beethoven Quartet No.3 in D major Op.18/3
ADMISSION €20/€14/€10 CONCERT ENDS 12.00
5. MASTERCLASS – THE MARITIME HOTEL 11.30
Echéa Quartet with Chiaroscuro Quartet
FREE ADMISSION CLASS ENDS 13.00
6. TOWN CONCERT – ST BRENDAN’S HALL 14:00
Mozart Quartet in B flat major K.458
Beethoven Quartet No.2 in G major Op.18/2 Dahlkvist Quartet
ADMISSION €7 CONCERT ENDS 15.00
7. MASTERCLASS – THE MARITIME HOTEL 15.00 Doolan Quartet with Kerstin Dill
FREE ADMISSION CLASS ENDS 16.30
8. CRESPO SERIES – ST BRENDAN’S CHURCH 16.00 Borusan Quartet
Mozart Quartet in A major K.464
Beethoven Quartet No.4 in C minor Op.18/4
ADMISSION €18/€13/€9 CONCERT ENDS 17.00
9. MASTERCLASS – THE COURTROOM 16.00
Vanir Quartet with Chiaroscuro Quartet
FREE ADMISSION CLASS ENDS 17.30
10. MAIN EVENING CONCERT – BANTRY HOUSE 20.00
Haydn Quartet in G minor Op.74/3 ‘Rider’ Quatuor Zaïde Beethoven Violin Sonata No.6 in A major Op.30/1
Mairéad Hickey, Izabella Simon
Andrea Tarrodi Sorrow and Joy Jon Dahlkvist, Hanna Dahlkvist Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 in E minor Op.67 Delta Piano Trio ADMISSION €47/€37/€27/€13 CONCERT ENDS 22.00
11. LATE GREAT SHOW – BANTRY HOUSE 22.30
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’ Dénes Várjon
ADMISSION €14 CONCERT ENDS 23.20
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Published on 20 May 2019