Feast of Russian miniatures: This week’s classical music highlights

Elisaveta Blumina in Dublin, RTÉ Contempo Quartet on tour and Irish Baroque Orchestra

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

 

SUNDAY 17th, SEPTEMBER

CLASSICAL Elisaveta Blumina (piano)  Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, noon, Adm free, hughlane.ie

Dublin-based, St Petersburg-born German pianist Elisaveta Blumina offers a stream of unusual, mostly Russian miniatures at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Her sequence runs from excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives (1917) through Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Children’s Notebooks (1944-45) and Galina Ustvolskaya’s 12 Preludes (1953) to Grigory Frid’s Hungarian Album (1966). Also on the programme are a selection from Georgian Giya Kancheli’s Songbook (an ongoing collection begun in 1966) and Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov’s Two Waltzes (2009), which are dedicated to Blumina, and which she has recorded on the Grand Piano label. Michael Dervan

CLASSICAL RTÉ Contempo Quartet Chapter House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, 4pm, €15, musicinkilkenny.com; and on tour to Cork and Dublin

The RTÉ Contempo Quartet’s big project for the 2017-18 season is touring a complete survey of Beethoven’s string quartets, and the first instalment is underway. Each concert will pair Beethoven with pieces by Irish composers, among them newly commissioned works from Raymond Deane, Deirdre McKay and Andrew Hamilton. The other featured Irish composers are Kevin Volans, Ina Boyle, Jane O’Leary, Ian Wilson, Deirdre Gribbin, and John Kinsella. The opening programme features Brian Boydell’s prizewinning First String Quartet of 1947 in the company of Beethoven’s Quartet in F, Op 18 No. 1, and his Quartet in F Op 59 No 1. MD

TUESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER

CLASSICAL Irish Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett (violin) St Ann’s Church, Dawson St, Dublin 7pm; also Thursday 21st and Saturday 23rd €20/€16/€10, irishbaroqueorchestra.com

There’s actually nothing baroque and nothing orchestral in the Irish Baroque Orchestra’s latest concert series at St Ann’s Church in Dublin. Never mind, the fare is good. Tonight’s opening concert includes Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Musical Joke with Beethoven’s Duet for Two Eyeglasses – don’t mind the name, this is actually a duet for viola and cello. The second programme include Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, his Duo in G for violin and viola, and his Serenade in D K251. The final offering on Saturday runs to Beethoven’s Sextet in E flat, Op 81b and his Septet, Op 20, a work whose popularity was so great that the composer came to resent it! MD

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