Notos Quartet – Lynn Arts Centre
The King’s Lynn Festival has some superb artists performing this year, and the selection of works being performed is also first rate.
It’s great to hear, therefore, some works not so often presented, and the Gustav Mahler Piano Quartet Movement in A minor is one such.
It’s his first extant work (written when the composer was only 16), and was a prize-winning piece, given at the end of his first year at the Vienna Conservatoire in July, 1876.
An excellent choice to start the Notos Quartet’s recent festival concert at The Lynn Arts Centre, full of mystery and passion, influenced by past Germanic masters!
As you have gathered by now, the Mahler began an excellent evening’s music making, continuing with another fairly serious piece, Brahms C minor Piano Quartet, op.60 (including quotes from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the finale) and then, after the interval, to lighten the mood somewhat, a delicate and lyrical performance of Schubert’s famous Trout Quintet, in A major, D667, where the Quartet members were joined by Vilmos Buza on Double Bass.
Do not think, however, during the performances, that dynamic contrasts were not emphasised when necessary, but essentially these were natural un-forced interpretations which made for a convivial evening’s musical entertainment.
This was the special Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert (founder of the King’s Lynn Festival) and the members of the Notos Quartet were Sindri Lederer (violin), Andrea Burger (viola), Arne-Christian Pelz (cello) and Antonia Koster (piano).
Once again the Festival has enabled us to hear live, another greatly talented ensemble who are already going places; Ruth Lady Fermoy would have been delighted.