The Vanbrugh and their
guests present two of the greats from the extended chamber music repertoire.
Beethoven's Op.29 string quintet, nicknamed 'The Storm', was written in 1801,
shortly after his Op.18 string quartets and combines his mastery of quartet
writing with the expansive richness of texture offered by the addition of a
second viola. Tchaikovsky's epic string sextet 'Souvenir de Florence' from 1892
adds a second cello into the mix and from the first bar the music pulsates with
intensity and energy.
The Vanbrugh has evolved from the work of the Vanbrugh
Quartet which was based in Cork as RTE’s Resident Quartet from 1986 to 2013 and
as Artists-in-Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement
of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017. Over three decades the quartet gave close
to three thousand concerts, presenting the chamber music repertoire to
audiences throughout Ireland, Europe, the Americas, and the Far East.
Commercial recordings include more than thirty CDs of repertoire ranging from
the complete Beethoven quartets to many contemporary Irish works. In 2016 the
group was presented with the National Concert Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award
in recognition of their contribution to music in Ireland.
Keith Pascoe, Simon Aspell,
and Christopher Marwood continue to perform together as the nucleus of the
Vanbrugh and are joined by guest artists for performances of a wide range of
chamber music repertoire.
For this concert they
welcome three wonderful colleagues, violinist Marja Gaynor, violist Ed Creedon
and cellist Maria O’Connor.
*€15 concession price available by calling the Box Office.
Presented by UCH in association with the National
String Quartet Foundation and with the support of the Arts Council and RTÉ
Limerick Classical Concert Series: The Vanbrugh & Friends