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The programme concluded with a beautiful interpretation of Verdi's
String Quartet (1871) -- a special treat in honour of the composer's
Sesquicentenary anniversary. The first movement highlighted the contrast
of the terse first subject, and its subsequent dramatic development, and
the placid second theme with its unexpected shifts of key and poignant harmonies.
Verdi's operatic idiom was more in evidence in the Andantino,
a theme and variations on a tripping waltz, interspersed with darker, dramatic
episodes and a climactic coda. If here were echoes of Forza del Destino,
Rigoletto came to mind in the Scherzo and Trio, where a thrusting
gypsy style theme is contrasted by the cello's Italian tenor aria.
Verdi's final fugue was gripping, the pointillist textures of the counterpoint
leading in two waves to dramatic highpoints, and finally to an exhilarating
A short encore, the fugal finale from Haydn's Op 20 No 3 rounded
off the concert with a flourish, affirming the panache of the Carducci Quartet
who clearly have a promising future; one awaits their appearance at a major
London venue and hopefully their recording of Graham Whettam's Quartets.
Meanwhile the Gloucester Music Society 2001-2 season continues with The
Oriel Singers (10 November 1001) and the Dartington Piano Trio (7 February
2001) in a programme of Mozart, Schubert and Bridge. Finally the cello-piano
duo of Felicity Vincent and Thomas Dewey (7 March 2002) perform a programme
of Brahms E minor Sonata Op 38, Delius's Cello Sonata, Herzogneburg's
Three Legends and Chopin's G minor sonata Op 49.
Copyright © 16 October 2001
Malcolm Miller, London, UK
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