Quatuor Danel: From Beethoven to Weinberg @ West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2021 – Bantry and Beyond
The Danel Quartet and the musicologist, David Fanning, have been single-handedly responsible for the discovery of Weinberg’s Quartets over the last twenty years. The Festival first featured Weinberg on the recommendation of the Borodin Quartet, who had premiered several of his Quartets. This year’s cancelled Festival was to give the first Irish performances of the complete set of Weinberg’s 17 Quartets. This has been postponed to next year and meanwhile the Danel are offering his 5th Quartet and the delightful miniature ‘Improvisation and Romance’. This is a recently discovered work that had its second ever performance as an encore in Bantry in 2018. The key thing to know about Weinberg is that he was a Polish Jew living in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded in 1939. By a series of extraordinary miracles he escaped to Soviet Russia but his entire family was slaughtered. He was also a close friend of Shostakovich and they inspired and supported each other. Weinberg’s Fifth Quartet was composed in 1945, opening with a yearning threnody on the first violin. The sparse introspective mood creates music of intimate beauty that lasts throughout the work, bursting out only in the high-octane Scherzo and briefly in the wonderfully melodic finale. Beethoven’s early G major Quartet is known in German-speaking countries as ‘Komplimentier Quartett’, which sums up its graceful, tuneful and witty nature.
All works performed by Quatuor Danel
West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2021: Bantry and Beyond (28 May–25 July)
West Cork Chamber Music Festival goes virtual. Although the circumstances for enjoying chamber music are different this year, the quality of the artists and the diversity and excellence of the programming are as high as ever.
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to introduce its virtual incarnation, Bantry and Beyond. As the Festival musicians could not come to Bantry, the Festival has gone to the musicians. Festival-goers will become virtual travellers to destinations around Europe and USA. They will visit famous concert halls in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Chicago; historic Great Houses of Ireland and the Netherlands; a centuries old abbey with a fabulous library; Palaces in Prague and Vienna; old churches in London, Bantry and Amsterdam; a vaulted tunnel under a vanished convent in Cologne; studios in Amsterdam and Berlin; and Music Centres in Hungary and Italy.
The thirty Festival concerts will commence with four themed weekends starting in Vienna on 28 May before moving to daily concerts 25 June – 4 July followed by a coda of five concerts later in July. The concerts will be streamed by the platform OurConcerts.live. A PDF of the programme is available below.
Box office will open on 20th May 1pm and tickets can be bought here.
Audiences can buy a Festival Pass for all concerts, packages of 6 concerts, or single concerts.
All concerts will be available On Demand for 48 hours after broadcast.