“Dream Hunting” with the Giordani String Quartet
Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
Saturday 15th October 2016 , 8pm
Joanne Quigley, Marja Gaynor – violins
Cian Ó Dúill – viola
Aoife Nic Athaoich – cello
Sarah McMahon – cello
J.Haydn String Quartet Op.1 No.1 “The Hunt”
T.Giordani String Quartet Op.2 No.6
T.Giordani Cello Duet Op.16 No.1
T.Giordani Cello Duet Op.16 No.2
T. Giordani String Quartet Op.8 No.6
J.Haydn String Quartet Op.5 No.5 “The Dream”
Come and hear chamber music by the 18th-century Italian composer Tommaso Giordani who was the director of music in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, and an important musical figure in 18th-century Dublin. Ireland’s only period instrument string quartet will perform two of his late-baroque quartets alongside Haydn’s first string quartet “The Hunt” and his later work “The Dream”. Cellists Aoife Nic Athlaoich and Sarah McMahon also perform charming cello duets by Giordani.
The Giordani String Quartet are Ireland’s only classical period instrument string quartet. Formed in 2015 by members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique and the Irish Chamber Orchestra the quartet brings fresh insight to the music of the classical era.
They recreate the sound world of the 18th and 19th centuries by using instruments that are set up as they would have been at the time, playing on gut strings and using classical bows. Irish based members Joanne Quigley, Marja Gaynor, Cian Ó Dúill and Aoife Nic Athlaoich are all sought after chamber and orchestral musicians within Ireland, the U.K. and Europe.
The group takes its name from Tommaso Giordani, the Italian composer who spent two separate periods living and working in Dublin as head of music at the smock alley theatre, running a music shop and teaching music to John Field, the father of the nocturne, amongst others.