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BILL NEWMAN listens to a selection
of instrumental chamber music in London

 

Keller Quartet
Mozart and Brahms
Wigmore Hall, 15 April 2012

The interest created by these two works concerns their key signatures -- the first in C major-minor by Mozart, one of six he dedicated to his mentor Joseph Haydn. This is the remarkable 'Dissonance', with its rising 'stepping stones' opening -- unique for its period, the composer tempting his admirers and raising a few eyebrows when first performed. It forms a questioning motif that deliberately stretches the final note and demands an immediate repeat of the same phrase, slightly higher in the register to provide the perfect lead in to the following Allegro section. One of the composer's happiest and boisterous, the instrumentalists provided a consistent flow of melodic ideas in songlike imitation of each other...

Copyright © 19 April 2012 Bill Newman,
London UK

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

JOHANNES BRAHMS

CESAR FRANCK

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

NIKOLAI MEDTNER

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

MODEST MUSORGSKY

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

FRYDERYCK CHOPIN

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

FRANZ LISZT

WIGMORE HALL

BARBICAN CENTRE

QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL

LONDON

UNITED KINGDOM

CHAMBER MUSIC

PIANO MUSIC

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