Beethoven Reflected II – The ConTempo Quartet

Beethoven Reflected II – The ConTempo Quartet

Beethoven Reflected II - The ConTempo Quartet


Triskel Christchurch

Tobin Street


Sat 15 February 2020 - 1:10 pm


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

The second concert in this series traces threads of connection from the work of Beethoven through to New York’s Julia Wolfe and Cork composer sisters Irene and Linda Buckley. There is a particular focus on his String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131, written in 1826, the year before Beethoven died. It is said that upon listening to a performance of this quartet, Schubert remarked, “After this, what is left for us to write?”Buy tickets for Cork Orchestral Society

Movements I, VI and VII are featured, serving as departure points for reimagining material in new work composed for the concert by Linda and Irene Buckley. Julia Wolfe has often spoken of the Beethoven influence in her own work, most notably from his late quartets. Four Marys marries the worlds of Appalachian folk music with the elegiac qualities of late Beethoven, reflecting Wolfe’s dissolving of boundaries between genres.


Linda Buckley: I Adagio Reflected
Beethoven: String Quartet No.14, Op.131 – I. Adagio
Linda Buckley: I Adagio Reflected II
Julia Wolfe: “Four Marys”
Irene Buckley: VI Adagio Reflected
Linda Buckley: VII Allegro Reflected
Beethoven: String Quartet No.14, Op.131 – VI & VII. Adagio & Allegro

Bogdan Sofei, violin
Ingrid Nicola, violin
Andreea Banciu, viola
Adrian Mantu, cello


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

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The ConTempo Quartet is the resident quartet of the Galway Music Residency and was RTE’s Resident Quartet from 2014 until 2019. Praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances which are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (The Irish Times), RTÉ ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life. Since its formation in Bucharest in 1995, the quartet has performed more than 1,800 concerts world-wide in 46 countries, including prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall; Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; St Martin-in-the-Fields; Berliner Philharmonie; Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome; Carnegie Hall and the Opera House Tel-Aviv.

ConTempo have had the honour to meet and play in front of world personalities such as Prince Charles, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, EU Ministers, Michael D. Higgins, Hollywood stars and Nobel Prize winners. The ensemble has won a record of 14 international prizes (including Munich, Rome, Berlin, Prague and London) and worked alongside artists of the highest calibre including Emma Johnson, Yuko Inoue, Hugh Tinney, Chen Zimbalista, Jérôme Pernoo, Peter Donohue and Martin Roscoe. Collaborations with other distinguished quartets have also been a feature, such as the Amadeus, Arditti, Vanbrugh, Casals and Endellion.