The third concert in the Spotlight Chamber Music Series will feature some of the most distinguished string instrumentalists in Ireland, presenting a programme of Baroque, Classical and Contemporary works for different formations.
Purcell’s renowned Chacony, or chaconne, is an outstanding example of the Baroque mastery of this ostinato form, which encompasses a series of variations over a repeated eight-bar bassline. Originally composed for a group of viols, it will be performed here by a string quartet. Northern Irish composer Elaine Agnew’s work Three Angry Men! will follow. This was written in 1991 for string trio and comprises three sections – “Angrily!”, “Furious!” and “Calm!”. The programme will conclude with Beethoven’s String Quintet in C Major, nicknamed “The Storm” on account of its muscular and turbulent finale. Written in 1801 in the early stages of Beethoven’s middle compositional period, it is a work brimming with vitality and optimism.
Joanne Quigley McParland – Violin
Larissa O’Grady – Violin
Simon Aspell – Viola
Séamus Hickey – Viola
Yseult Cooper-Stockdale – Cello
Purcell: Chacony in G minor, Z. 730
Elaine Agnew: Three Angry Men! for String Trio
Beethoven: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29