Quartet that asks for nothing but gives everything
Two violins, a viola and cello proved a formidable cocktail at the halfway stage of the 2014-15 season of South Holland Concerts.
The Piatti String Quartet, including cellist Jessie Ann Richardson who is due back in Spalding for a second helping of South Holland hospitality next March, enchanted and entranced an audience at the town’s South Holland Centre.
Playing works by Beethoven, Ravel and Dvorak, the quartet was completed by viola player David Wigram and violinists Michael Trainor and Nathaniel Anderson-Frank.
But this wasn’t a case of just making music as Wigram also enticed the quartet’s audience with tales of Ravel’s hero worship for fellow French composer and mentor Gabriel Faure, best known for his Requiem as featured in the last ever episode of Inspector Morse.
There was also time, in between the expert musicianship and empathy with all three composers’ works, for a “I never knew that moment when Wigram revealed Czech-born Dvorak’s passion for chamber music and fascination for the United States.
With classical music played this expertly, the appetite is well and truly whetted for the resumption of South Holland Concerts’ 31st season on January 31.
Review by Winston Brown