West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2012

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20120925

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2012 (1/4)

Sean Rafferty introduces the first of four programmes from Bantry, the picturesque town on the south west tip of Ireland, as it plays host to an array of international musicians during the first week of July. The venues are the Library at the historic Bantry House and St Brendan's Church in the centre of the town. Today Sean introduces music by Poulenc and Fauré. Poulenc had a wonderful sense of how to write for wind instruments - he composed this sometimes tongue-in-cheek and other times sentimental work in 1939. The Piano Quartet Quartet No. 1 in C minor was composed between 1876 and 1883. It is one of Fauré's masterpieces - finely carfted, with more than just hint of Parisian elegance..

Poulenc Sextet for piano and winds Op.100

William Dowdall (flute), Ivan Podyomov (oboe),

Carol McGonnell (clarinet), Hervé Joulain (horn),

Peter Whelan (bassoon), Paavali Jumppanen (piano)

Fauré Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor Op.15

Tanja Becker-Bender (violin), Lawrence Power (viola),

Andreas Brantelid (cello), Antti Siirala (piano).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20120926

West Cork Chamber Music 2012

Music by Brahms and Mozart today recorded in Bantry during July. Sean Rafferty introduces performances by Lawrence Power, Antti Siirala and the Chiaroscuro Quartet. The Viola Sonata which is Brahms's arrangement of his Clarinet Sonata was composed for the clarinettist Richard Muhlfeld in the summer of 1894. Brahms also aranged the rhythmically complex and contrapuntal work for violin and piano. Mozart's String Quartet K.421 has been described as passionately melancholy and is the second of six Quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn.

Brahms Sonata for viola and piano No.1 in F minor Op.120/1

Lawrence Power (viola), Antti Siirala (piano)

Mozart String Quartet No.15 in D minor K.421

Chiaroscuro Quartet.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20120927

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 3/4

Sean Rafferty's penultimate visit to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival this week begins with the arrangement Bartok's friend, the Hungarian violinist Zoltán Székely made of his Six Romanian Dances - there are actually seven in all as the last movement contains two dances! Kodaly's Dances of Marosszék are best known in their orchestral form of 1930 but were originally written for the piano in 1927. Marosszék is the name of a district in Transylvania

Szymanowski had a passion for the exotic and the other-worldly slow introduction, which immediately announces that this is not an ordinary quartet - there is a certain sense of ecstasy and longing. Today's programme closes with Bartok's Third Quartet - the shortest and most concentrated of his quartets.

Bartók (arr. Székely) Six Romanian Dances Sz.56

Catherine Leonard (violin), Ji Hye Jung (percussion)

Kodaly Dances of Marosszék

Ewa Kupiec (piano)

Szymanowski String Quartet No.1 in C major Op.37

Apollon Musagete Quartet

Bartók String Quartet No.3 Sz.85

Signum Quartet.

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20120928

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 4/4

Sean Rafferty makes his last visit to the south west tip of Ireland and the town of Bantry in West Cork. Shostakovich's Fourth String Quartet was composed in 1949 and is dedicated to the memory of Shostakovich's close friend, Pyotr Vladimirovich Vil'yams, who was a Russian stage designer and a painter noted for his portraits, one of which was of Shostakovich himself - the quartet contains music of great beauty and sorrow. Mozart's Clarinet Quintet was completed in 1789 and written for the clarinettist, Anton Stadler, who had demonstrated the full possibilities of this "little-known" instrument to Mozart.The result is one of the finest chamber music pieces for the instrument.

Shostakovich String Quartet No.4 in D major Op.83

Apollon Musagete Quartet

Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major K.581

Christoffer Sundqvist (clarinet), Signum Quartet.

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20120928

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 4/4

Sean Rafferty makes his last visit to the south west tip of Ireland and the town of Bantry in West Cork. Shostakovich's Fourth String Quartet was composed in 1949 and is dedicated to the memory of Shostakovich's close friend, Pyotr Vladimirovich Vil'yams, who was a Russian stage designer and a painter noted for his portraits, one of which was of Shostakovich himself. The quartet contains music of great beauty and sorrow.

Mozart's Clarinet Quintet was completed in 1789 and written for the clarintettist Anton Stadler, who had demonstrated the full possibilities of this "little-known" instrument to Mozart. The result is one of the finest pieces of chamber music for the instrument.

Shostakovich: String Quartet No.4 in D major Op.83

Apollon Musagete Quartet

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major K.581

Christoffer Sundqvist (clarinet), Signum Quartet.