The Vanbrugh with Michael McHale

The Vanbrugh with Michael McHale

The Vanbrugh with Michael McHale


Triskel Christchurch

Tobin Street


Sat 16 February 2019 - 1:10 pm


€16/13 (COS members: €12)

Presented in association with the National String Quartet Foundation
The Vanbrugh continue their exploration of the great piano quartet repertoire in the company of acclaimed Belfast pianist Michael McHale, recently appointed lecturer at CIT Cork School of Music.Buy tickets for COS Membership 2018 - 2019


Schubert: Four Impromptus, D.899 
Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25

Keith Pascoe, violin
Simon Aspell, viola
Christopher Marwood, cello
with Michael McHale, piano


€16 (General admission) | €13 (Concessions)
€12 (COS members)

SCHUBERT Four Impromptus D.899 [1827]

No. 1 in C minor
No. 2 in E-flat major
No. 3 in G-flat major
No. 4 in A-flat major

‘I have known and loved these impromptus since childhood, performing the fourth impromptu in my first ever public recital, and recording all four a couple of years ago in Berlin for the Ergodos label. Like all of Schubert’s music, there is a beautiful, natural simplicity in the way the music unfolds, and the third impromptu in particular is as lyrical and poignant as any of his finest songs.’ (Michael McHale)

BRAHMS Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor Op.25 [1856-1861]

1. Allegro (G minor)
2. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo — Trio: Animato (C minor, ends in C major)
3. Andante con moto (E♭ major)
4. Rondo alla Zingarese: Presto (G minor)

This was the work that first brought fame to Brahms. It was premiered in Hamburg by Clara Schumann in 1861, but Brahms played it the following year on his Viennese debut as composer and pianist and it was an instant popular hit, in part thanks to a brilliant finale inspired by Hungarian Gypsy music.