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Frith Piano Quartet with Christine Bunning  

In their ongoing series celebrating the music of Beethoven and the Celtic nations this admired ensemble turn to Ireland, offering John Field’s rarely heard Piano Quintet and the Irish Sonata by Austrian composer Kurt Roger (1895-1966). In the 1790s Scottish publisher George Thompson invited Beethoven to make chamber arrangements of many Celtic airs, some of which will also be included in the programme. Financially Beethoven apparently received more for these folk song commissions than he did for the entire score of the 9th Symphony!

Ludwig van Beethoven – Variations on Celtic tune op 107 No 4 St Patrick’s Day
Kurt Roger – Irish Sonata for viola and piano
John Field – Piano Quintet in A flat

Ludwig van Beethoven – Variations on Celtic tune op 105 No 6 Paddy Whack

Ludwig van Beethoven – Irish song arrangements

Ernest Moeran – String Trio in G

Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Quartet in E flat op 16

Benjamin Frith – piano

Robert Heard – violin

Louise Williams – viola

Richard Jenkinson – cello

Christine Bunning – soprano