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MICHAEL DERVAN

TUESDAY6 EMERSONSTR­INGQUARTET

NCH,Dublin8pm¤27.50-¤55nch.ie The Emerson Quar­tet, one of Amer­ica’s lead­ing cham­ber en­sem­bles, makes its third ap­pear­ance at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall in a pro­gramme that strides across three cen­turies. The evening opens with Mozart’s Quar­tet in D, K499, com­pleted on Au­gust 19th, 1786, fol­lows with Shostakovi­ch’s Quar­tet No. 8, com­pleted in March 1960 and “in mem­ory of the vic­tims of fas­cism and war,” and ends in al­to­gether more upbeat ter­ri­tory with the Quar­tet in G, Op. 106, by Dvorak, which the com­poser com­pleted in the year of his re­turn to Europe from the US, on De­cem­ber 9th, 1895.

WEDNESDAY7 COUPERIN 350

NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin 7.30pm ¤17.50 01-4170000 Harp­si­chordist Mal­colm Proud is the cu­ra­tor of the Na­tional Con­cert Hall’s cel­e­bra­tion of the 350th an­niver­sary of the birth of the great French baroque com­poser François Couperin (1668-1733). Couperin him­self, who is to France what Bach is to Ger­many, dom­i­nates each of the three pro­grammes per­formed by Cam­er­ata Kilkenny, with Proud him­self con­tribut­ing one of the com­poser’s ma­jor key­board works in each. He opens the se­ries with the Or­dre No. 8 in B mi­nor (or­dre is the name by which the suites in Couperin’s books of key­board mu­sic are known), and after works by Tele-

mann (one the Paris Quar­tets) and Marais (the hyp­notic Son­nerie de Ste. Geneviève du Mont de Paris), the evening ends with L’Im­péri­ale, from a set of trio sonatas and suites pub­lished as Les Na­tions in 1726.

FRI­DAY 9

NSO/DAVID BRO­PHY

NCH,Dublin7.30pm¤28.50-¤40 nch.ie

Brit­ten wrote his War Re­quiem to cel­e­brate the con­se­cra­tion of Coven­try Cathe­dral, where the first per­for­mance was given in May 1962. The new build­ing was erected be­side the old cathe­dral which had been de­stroyed by Luft­waffe bomb­ing in 1940. Brit­ten was a life-long paci­fist, and this deeply-felt work not only mixes Latin words with poems by Wil­fred Owen, but also car­ries three lines by Owen on its ti­tle page – “My sub­ject is War, and the pity of War./The Poetry is in the pity./All a poet can do is warn.” The cho­ris­ters of St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral join forces with the RTÉ Phil­har­monic Choir, the RTÉ Na­tional Sym­phony Orchestra and RTÉ Con­cert Orchestra un­der David Bro­phy. The vo­cal soloists are Ail­ish Ty­nan (so­prano), Robin Tritschler (tenor) and Ga­van Ring (bari­tone).

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