Cello Quartet: William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh

Cello Quartet: William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh

Cello Quartet: William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh
Music Network presents four masterful cellists performing together for the first time this October.

With its sonorous tone, swan-like elegance and an expressive range that gives the human voice a run for its money, no other instrument manages to play on our heart strings quite like the cello.

William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson and Ailbhe McDonagh are four masterful cellists who’ll be setting off to perform together for the first time on this six-date Music Network tour.

Along the route they’ll be taking full advantage of the opportunity to show us what this beautiful instrument is capable of. Audiences can look forward to splendid arrangements of works by Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, sultry moods in Piazzolla’s Libertango, the soaring beauty of Mozart’s Ave verum corpus, a fiery exchange between two cellos in Barrière’s popular Sonata, as well as Debussy’s uber-romantic Clair de lune and Gershwin’s jazz-infused favourites from Porgy and Bess. Contemporary music for this unusual combo is well catered for in Ailbhe McDonagh’s own Cellango and a new Music Network commission by Conor Linehan.

For an instrument that’s so at home powering the orchestra’s engine room, the cello sure knows how to shine under the spotlight.

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Arr. David Johnstone

Conor Linehan
An Autumn Night's Dream
New Music Network Commission

Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Sonata No. 10 in G major

  1. Andante
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro Prestissimo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Arr. David Johnstone
Ave verum corpus KV 618

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827) Arr. Ailbhe McDonagh
Adagio cantabile (2nd movement) from Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 “Pathétique”

Claude Debussy
(1862-1918) Arr. David Johnstone
Clair de lune

Ailbhe McDonagh


J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Arr. Claudio Jaffe and Johanne Perron
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor (BWV 1004)

George Gershwin
(1898-1937) Arr. Lee Armstrong
Bess, you is my woman now

Béla Bartók
(1881-1945) Arr. Lee Armstrong
Romanian Folk Dances (Sz68)

  1. Jocul cu bâta (Stick dance)
  2. Brâul (Sash Dance)
  3. Pe loc (Stamping Dance)
  4. Buciumeana (Horn (Bucium) Dance)
  5. Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
  6. Măruntel (Fast Dance)
Performed by William Butt, Rosalie Curlett, Martin Johnson & Ailbhe McDonagh

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