This substitute for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival will feature a dozen specially filmed concerts featuring musicians from the cancelled Festival streaming on the Festival website from 26 June.
The international nature of the Festival has enabled it to bring together forty Festival musicians in performances to be filmed in venues in Chicago and Cork, Amsterdam and London, Paris and Warsaw, Bremen and Bloomington.
Despite everything it is still Beethoven Year, so we are promised a fiery Kreutzer Sonata by two young Dutch players; the great Vadim Gluzman will play the Spring Sonata and Dudok Quartet will give us the stupendous late quartet that ends with the maddest fugue in Western music. Alina Ibragimova and Alasdair Beatson have been filmed playing Mozart, Debussy and Ravel. The four Quartets, Pacifica, Doric, Signum and Dudok will, amongst others, play Haydn, Britten, Shostakovich, Schulhoff, Schubert and Caroline Shaw. The brilliant Ukrainian pianist, Anna Fedorova, whose Rachmaninov concerto performances have been viewed millions of times, will join string players led by Mairéad Hickey in the greatest of the Schubert Trios and his evergreen Trout Quintet.
The Virtual West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council, the Crespo Foundation, Failte Ireland and Cork County Council as well as generous donations from ticket holders and subscribers from the original cancelled Festival.