Fun with the Slides
Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven
from The Aves String Quartet,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
The Aves Quartet was formed at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK, just over two years ago, and their approach to their chosen repertoire shows considerable promise (Derby Chamber Music, Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, 21 January 2011).
In Haydn's Quartet Op 33 No 2 they were alert to the music's sudden changes of direction in the first movement. The leader was clearly having fun with the slides from note to note that Haydn calls for in the scherzo, and their artful way with that outrageous banana-skin at the end of the finale, where Haydn deliberately leaves us guessing where the music stops, was a delight, stretching those silences just a touch longer to tease us even more...
Copyright © 29 January 2011