MADE up of four outstanding artists, the Ophelia Quartet had their concert debut earlier this summer at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Now they journey to Belltable for Friday 13, an 8pm concert under the aegis of the National String Quartet Foundation.
Programme notes from Ophelia tell us that Mendelssohn wrote his Op.13 quartet as a teenager, just a few months after Beethoven’s death, and in deep fascination with the master’s late quartets. Shostakovich’s seventh quartet was written in 1960 in memory of his first wife Nina who had died a few years previously.
Ravel’s ‘1903’ quartet exudes a heady blend of classicism and exoticism which has seen it become a firm favourite amongst both musicians and audiences. Book on venue manager www.limetreetheatre.ie