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RTÉ CONTEMPO Quartet Concert series continues 2017

Season 2016-2017
Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick City Gallery of Art is delighted to welcome back the RTÉ Contempo Quartet season 2016-2017



The six quartets of Béla Bartók, written between 1908 and 1939, form the cornerstone of RTÉ Contempo Quartet's 2016-17 season, complemented by the superb OP. 76 quartets 1-6 by Haydn and six works by contemporary Irish composers, including four new RTÉ commissions which receive their premieres during the series. 


Limerick Tour: 

Project no. 6, Thursday 16 March 2017, 6pm  - Final concert in current series

Project No. 5, Thursday 16 February 2017, 6pm 

Project No. 4, Thursday 5 January 2017, 6pm

Project No. 3, Thursday 1 December 2016, 6pm

Project No. 2, Thursday 3 November 2016, 6pm

Project No. 1, Thursday 6 October 2016,  6pm


TICKETS at the Door (come early)

LCGA is asking that patrons make a voluntary donation of €10 per concert.


Although regarded as one of the great early twentieth century modernists, Bartók was influenced by past European classical traditions, especially Beethoven and the late 19th century music of STrauss and Liszt.  He collected and recorded much of his native folk music from Hungary and Romania, using this music as both a source and stylistic inspiration in his own writing. 

His quartets are generally acknowledged as representing one of the pillars of the entire string quartet repertoire and are groundbreaking in every way - structurally, rhythmically, harmonically and tonally, as he strove to free himself from

 "the tyrannical rule of major and minor keys" Béla Bartók

Extra musical themes explored in the quartets include unrequited love (1), folk traditions (3and 4), night (5) and war (2 and 6).


Similarly, Haydn's set of six Op. 76 quartets is regarded as one of the pinnacles of the classical style and the crowning glory of the man dubbed the "Faterh of the String Quartet".  Published in 1799 and dedicated to Count Erdody, they form the last complete set that Haydn wrote, each quartet a mini materpioece in itself.  The BArtók Project also offers a fascinating opportunity to consider how six contemporary Irish composers have responded to teh challenge of writing for the medium of string quartet.  The project is expected to produce six very different responses from four new works that RTÉ has commissioned from Sebastian Adams (RTÉ lyric fm Composer-in-Residence), Linda Backely, Dsvid Coonan and Séan Clancy together with two recent works by Enda Bates and David Fennessy.


The RTÉ Contempo Quartet is one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today.  The members studied together in Bucharest, formed a quartet together in 1995 and were appointed as Galway Music Residency's Quartet in Residence in 2003 and RTÉ's Quartet in Residence in May 2014.


"A polished and professional group ... full of exuberance with fine sense of ensemble"  the Strad


Their 2016-2017 season has the six extraordinary Bartók quartets at it heart, paired with teh six Haydn Op.76 quartet and six pieces by contemporary Irish composeres, including four new RTÉ commissions.  They will also perform as part of Wexford Festival Opera (27 Oct), New Music Dublin (4 MArch 2017) and in teh National Concert Hall as part of teh  RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's Main Season (10-31 March 2017).  They contine in their role as educators with two Saturday workshop sessions in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin (Nnov-March).

The members of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet live in Roscahill, Co. Galway, and describe themselves as "the ABBA of classical music", Adrian and Andreea being married, as are Ingrid and Bogdan!


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