CARDUCCI STRING QUARTET: 8TH JUNE
What a thrilling concert by the Carducci String Quartet at the New Walk Museum! In the first half we enjoyed performances of quartets by Haydn and Beethoven that were both lyrical and mercurial, the Carduccis demonstrating their almost telepathic level of expressiveness.
After the interval, the audience was held in rapt silence by an intense premiere of Rebecca Burden's duo for violin and cello, 'Quantitive/Qualitative'. Here was a young composer with a distinctive voice, able to use a wide palette of sounds in telling her musical story.
The concert ended with a thrilling account of Shostakovich's second quartet, yearning melodies combined with fearsome rhythmic drive. This was truly a concert to remember!