Great Music In Irish Houses 2015

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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150623

Penny Gore introduces this week's series of Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival 2015.

This year the festival has spread its wings to incorporate stately homes, gardens and academies. Today we visit No 6 Kildare Street, one of Dublin's most prestigious addresses, and home to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for more than 150 years. As Latvia celebrates the Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2015, the Festival presents two of the country's finest musical ambassadors in recital, sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride. Today they're performing Grieg's Violin Sonata No.2 in G Major, Op.13, written during his three-week honeymoon.

The programme then moves to Killruddery House, the 19th-century tudor revival mansion, where Dublin-based musicians Michael D'Arcy, Christopher Marwood and Hugh Tinney perform Brahms's youthful Piano Trio in B Major, Op 8.

Grieg: Violin Sonata No 2 in G major, Op 13

Baiba Skride (violin)/Lauma Skride (piano)

Brahms: Piano Trio in B major, Op 8

Michael D'Arcy (violin)/Christopher Marwood (cello)/Hugh Tinney (piano).

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150624

Penny Gore continues this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival 2015.

Today we're back at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin city centre for music by the 19th-century Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar. Sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride perform his Violin Sonata in A minor, Op 19, written for the composer's good friend Tor Aulin, Sweden's leading concert violinist at the time.

We then move to Ireland's National Botanic Gardens for a performance of Beethoven's String Quartet in A Major, Op 18 no.5, performed by former Radio 3 New Generation Artists, the Escher Quartet. By the time this work was composed Beethoven was very much his own master, but ready to acknowledge, in his own voice, his particular debt to Mozart and an honoured past.

Stenhammar: Violin Sonata in A minor, Op 19

Baiba Skride (violin)/Lauma Skride (piano)

Beethoven: Quartet in A major, Op 18 no.5

Escher Quartet.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150625

Penny Gore continues this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival 2015.

We begin at the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin, where sisters Baiba and Lauma Skride perform Nielsen's Violin Sonata No.2 in G minor: a work composed in September 1912 and premiered the following April by violinist Axel Gade - son of Niels Gade, one of Denmark's most famous musicians.

The Escher Quartet, former Radio 3 New Generation Artists, continue with Mendelssohn's String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op 80, performed in the tropical surroundings of Ireland's National Botanic Gardens. This, his last complete string quartet, is a dark tour-de-force celebrated for its blistering intensity.

Nielsen: Violin Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op 35

Baiba Skride (violin)/Lauma Skride (piano)

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op 80

Escher Quartet.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20150626

Penny Gore brings this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts, recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival 2015, to a close with works by Sibelius and Beethoven.

We begin with Sibelius' 4 Pieces Op.78 - Impromptu, Romance, Religioso and Rigaudon - performed by the Latvian sisters Baiba and Skride in the magnificent setting of No 6 Kildare Street, Dublin: home to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

It's followed by Beethoven's expansive 'Archduke' Trio - a masterpiece in the genre, dedicated to Archduke Rudolph of Austria, one of his closest friends and patrons. Dublin-based musicians Michael D'Arcy, Christopher Marwood and Hugh Tinney, perform it in the 19th-century tudor revival mansion, Killruddery House.

Sibelius: 4 Pieces, op. 78

Baiba Skride (violin)/Lauma Skride (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major, Op.97 - Archduke

Michael D'Arcy (violin)/Christopher Marwood (cello)/Hugh Tinney (piano).