Wednesday 18 October 2017

Contempo Quartet to perform in Wexford

By david Tucker

The Contempo Quartet.
The Contempo Quartet.

Music for Wexford welcomes the return of the RTÉ Contempo Quartet to St Iberius Church at the weekend.

The quartet will perform Haydn's Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross on Sunday, March 13, at 3.30 p.m.

The music will be interspersed by verses from the poem After the Seven Last Words by the American poet, Mark Strand which will be read by Owen Brady. This composition was Haydn's response to a commission from the Church of Santa Cueva in Cadiz for an orchestral work that would serve as an aid to meditation during Good Friday's religious services. It was first performed in 1787 in Cadiz and was instrumental in securing Haydn's international reputation. Haydn subsequently arranged it for string quartet and also for piano.

The Contempo Quartet was formed in Bucharest in 1995 and came to Ireland in 2003 when they were appointed the Galway Ensemble in Residence. In 2014 the quartet was appointed RTÉ's quartet in residence.

They have performed all over the world in prestigious venues and have worked alongside artists of the highest calibre. They have also premiered and recorded contemporary works by composers such as Steve Reich, Jane O'Leary, Ian Wilson, John McLachlan, Gráinne Mulvey and Donnacha Dennehy.

Tickets for the concert will be available at the door.

This concert is being recorded for transmission on BBC Radio 3 on Palm Sunday at 8 p.m.

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