Haydn, Shostakovich and Schubert
from the Allegri Quartet,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER
The Allegri Quartet brought Derby Chamber Music's latest season to a compellingly memorable close, rewarded with a record audience (Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, Derby, UK, 20 April 2012).
In Haydn's D major Quartet Op 20 No 4 they explored the depth behind the first movement's urbane exterior, and the variations in the second movement were sharply characterised individually. That the players also relished Haydn's sense of fun was clear from their deft way with the cross-rhythms of the minuet (actually, I defy anyone to dance a minuet to it), and the switches of key as Haydn repeatedly tries to pull the rug from under our feet in the finale...
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