Saturday, 19 March 2016

Serious Shostakovich (Brentano Quartet/Town Hall)

Bach, Shostakovich and Dvořák (Brentano Quartet, Birmingham Town Hall)

A little behind here, but the Brentano Quartet at the Town Hall in Birmingham (Tuesday 8th March), which was only about one third full. Having shared a stage with Joyce DiDonato last April (any greater honour?). The tone of each half was set by Bach fugues, the second portions being Shostakovich and Dvorak. It was the Shostakovich which shone most sensationally. The bleakness and hopelessness of early moments made this the most impressive piece. One of the thrilling things to witness is a conversation between four people who have almost no visible interaction.
Serema Canin Violin
Mark Steinberg Violin
Misha Amory Viola
Nina Lee Cello

Bach: Fugues (selection)
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 14 in F- Sharp major
Bach: Fugues (selection)
Dvořák: String Quartet in C major, Op 61

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