Nicholas Yonge Society

Chamber Music in Lewes

25th January 2013

Janácek String Quartet No 2 (‘Intimate Letters’)
Jonathan Harvey String Quartet No 3
Beethoven String Quartet No 10 in Eb, Opus 74 (‘Harp’)

Cavaleri Quartet in performance 

Our first visit from the young and very talented Cavaleri Quartet opened with Janacek’s intensely emotional String Quartet Number 2. The musicians played this piece equally emotionally, as if the whole story of the old composer’s desperate love for a much younger woman was taking place somewhere where they could see it. Each musician listened carefully for the others; this was sensitive and thoughtful playing. It was followed by Jonathan Harvey’s String Quartet Number 3. Jonathan himself sadly died late last year, and this concert was devoted to his memory. His Third Quartet, originally commissioned by the BBC, proved to be a typically challenging work full of surprises. The concert ended with a spirited performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet Number 10, opus 74. Once again, the musicians gave of their best and after much applause provided us with an encore, in this case Mozart’s Ave Verum arranged for string quartet.

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Reviewer: Chris Darwin
Photographer: David James