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.
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).