Anger, grief and despair, shot through with happy memories
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser
June 4, 2018 10:29am
THE Bronzewing Quartet, formed under the auspices of the Royal Commonwealth Society SA Branch in 2015, gives local musicians an opportunity to break into the highly competitive string quartet market, while giving players an opportunity to perform regularly.
Very laudable, and they’ve already found an appreciative audience in the habitués of the excellent Little Music Room at Littlehampton.
The players, Lester Wong (violin), Rita Reichbart (viola) and Joseph Freer (cello) were joined by guest violinist Wendy Heiligenberg for sparkling performances of mostly serious music, to wit late Mendelssohn, the Capriccio from the posthumously published Four Pieces OP. 81, and the striking String Quartet in F Minor, OP. 80, created at a time of deep anguish at the death of the composer’s beloved sister Fanny.
All the tragic emotions are there in the quartet, anger, grief, and downright despair, shot through with happy, but brief, memories.
The intimacy of the venue – even the rear seats are a mere five metres from the players – made for a powerful, immediate reading.
Not all was gloom and doom, however, and the middle movements of Haydn’s delightful ‘Sunrise’ Quartet OP. 76 No. 4 warmed things up considerably, especially the buoyant minuet, which was charmingly played.
A couple of tango-soaked bonbons in Gade’s Jalousie and Rodríguez’s La Cumparsita – Google them, you know the tunes – were choice items to end.
Bronzewing Quartet
Little Music Room, Littlehampton