Susan Tomes in Bantry House - June, 2001

from Visiting Ireland: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, June 2001, pages 101-102:

The day ends with a splendid performance of Beethoven's C sharp minor quartet opus 131, by the Vanburgh Quartet from Ireland. After working all evening on new music, Beethoven manages to seem even newer and more inventive. How does he do it? He seems to have thought of every gesture, every sonority, every layering process, every shocking contrast. And yet he does it all within a tonal language. As ever, the most touching things are the simplest, though their simplicity has a complex effect. There are still passages where, although I've known this work for twenty years, tears spring into my …   more >>
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Susan Tomes, Visiting Ireland: West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, June 2001. In Beyond the notes : journeys with chamber music (Woodbridge, 2004), p. 101-102. accessed: 27 February, 2024

location of experience: Bantry House


Susan Tomes
Pianist, Writer

Listening to

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String quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131
written by Beethoven
performed by Vanburgh Quartet

Experience Information

Date/Time June, 2001
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


An evening experience

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:36:09 +0100
Approved on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:53:19 +0100