Musici Ireland Quintet
Mia Cooper and Lynda O'Connor, violin
Beth McNinch and Andreea Banciu, viola
Bill Butt: cello
Beethoven: String Quintet Op.29 in C major
Bruch: String Quintet in E flat
Beethoven: String Quintet Op.4 in E flat major
Music for Wexford is delighted to present a recital of works by Beethoven and Bruch performed by the exciting Musici Ireland Quintet. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the death of Beethoven and the 100th anniversary of the death of Bruch. Beethoven wrote his Viola Quintet, Op 29 in 1801. It was during this year that his hearing problems had become serious enough that Beethoven confessed them to a few of his closest friends, but nothing in this music reflects the terrible stress this knowledge was causing the composer. In fact, the Viola Quintet is one of Beethoven’s most radiant scores, full of sunlight even in its turbulent final movements. The String Quintet Op. 4 was written in 1795 and is a radical re-thinking of his octet for pairs of wind instruments written in 1793.
Towards the very end of his life, Max Bruch wrote three major chamber pieces, of which the String Quintet in E-flat was one. Its path to publication is one of the strangest in the annals of any composer’s output: completed in 1918, the score was lost after Bruch’s death. It didn’t turn up for nearly nine decades – until 2006 – when Sotheby’s auctioned a fair copy of the score and parts. The much-belated premiere took place in London on July 23rd, 2008.
Musici Ireland, which is based in Blackwater, Co, Wexford, is a collaboration of Ireland’s most prominent musicians, which is managed by Beth McNinch, violist.
Music for Wexford was established in 1993 and promotes classical music performances by Irish and international musicians.