81. Young Musicians Series

Time and date

Saturday 6 July 2024

2:00 pm

3:00 pm

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Haydn’s invention never flagged. This is the third of Haydn's great C major quartets, and it must rank as one of his most original works, certainly the one with the most prophetic innovations. After a lively and inventive opening, he follows with a profound passacaglia-like slow movement that leads directly into the Minuet. It is the Finale that is the show-stopper, a chorale-like Adagio that in this context quite takes the breath away.

It is a courageous Quartet that takes on the Shostakovich Tenth. It is a measure of the composer’s stature that he was even allowed to publish such a devastating work where he unleashed both his fury and his bitter sarcasm. He dedicated it to Weinberg with whom he had an ongoing quartet competition. Listening to this work one cannot but wonder how today’s Russian composers are reacting to the new dictatorship.

Admission: €7

All works performed by Aradia Quartet


Composer Work
Haydn String Quartet in C major Op.54/2
Premiere of New Work from the Composition Competition
Shostakovich String Quartet No.10 in A flat major Op.118
Arts Council - funding music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
RTE Lyric FM
Irish Examiner
Maritime Hotel
IMRO - Irish Music Rights Organisation