Cork violinist Mairéad Hickey leads a star-studded line-up of international musicians.
Beethoven’s Op.18 No.3 was by some accounts his first string quartet and from its lyrical opening to its fleet-footed finale it carries the hallmarks of the master’s genius. We lost many of Brahms’ quartets through his obsessive self censorship, but this magnificent A minor quartet is one of the three masterpieces that escaped his fireplace. Sean Doherty’s fine ‘Night Piece’ was written for Mairéad Hickey’s Ortús Festival in Cork in February 2020.
Beethoven: String Quartet in D major, Op.18 No.3
Sean Doherty: ‘Night Piece’
Brahms: String Quartet in A minor, Op.51 No.2
William Hagen (violin)
Mairéad Hickey (violin)
Georgy Kovalev (viola)
Ella van Poucke (cello)