Beethoven from West Cork
John Toal presents highlights from the 24th West Cork Chamber Music Festival featuring music by Beethoven.
John Toal presents highlights from the 24th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
This all Beethoven programme is performed in the rich acoustic of St. Brendan's Church, situated on the main square in the centre of Bantry town.
The 2012 winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, cellist Laura van der Heijden, begins with Beethoven's Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.5, No.2, accompanied by Finghin Collins. It was composed while Beethoven was in Berlin in 1796 and dedicated to King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia - an passionate music-lover and keen cellist.
And that's followed by a performance of Beethoven's String Quartet in A major, Op.18, No.5 by the acclaimed Chiaroscuro Quartet. It's dedicated to another of Beethoven's Patrons - Prince Lobkowitz, a native of Bohemia, and a leading patron of the arts in Vienna - and closely modelled on Mozart's quartet in the same key (K. 464).
Beethoven: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.5, No.2
Laura van der Heijden (cello), Finghin Collins (piano)
Beethoven: String Quartet in A major, Op.18, No.5