The Vanbrugh with Michael McHale

The Vanbrugh with Michael McHale

Date: 1st February 2018
Time: 8pm
Venue: Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music

The Vanbrugh with pianist Michael McHale will present three contrasting works from the piano quartet repertoire. The dark and dramatic Mozart, from 1785, is one of the first pieces written for this combination of instruments. The Stanford and Dvorak come from different worlds: Dublin-born Stanford under the towering influence of Brahms and Schumann, while the Dvorak comes from his lyrical world of Slavonic song and dance. 

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Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478
Stanford: Piano Quartet No.1 in F major, Op.15
Dvorak: Piano Quartet No.1 in D major, Op.23

Keith Pascoe (violin), Simon Aspell (viola)
and Christopher Marwood (cello)
with Michael McHale (piano)

The Vanbrugh has emerged from the legacy of the legendary Vanbrugh Quartet. Over three decades the ensemble has given close to three thousand concerts, presenting the chamber music repertoire to audiences throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. Commercial recordings include more than thirty CDs of repertoire, ranging from the complete Beethoven string quartets to numerous contemporary Irish works. Their Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), from the National Concert Hall, acknowledged their continuous contribution to music in Ireland for over thirty years.

Keith Pascoe (violin), Simon Aspell (viola), and Christopher Marwood (cello) of the quartet continue to carry the torch together as the nucleus of The Vanbrugh. For the current concert season (2017/18) they present works from the piano quartet repertoire in collaboration with the acclaimed pianist Michael McHale.

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