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    Brahms PC No.1
    Brahms Symphony No.4

    Listen to me when I'm talking to you boy!

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    Just attended English Touring Opera's performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Brilliant evenng.

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    Schumann Quartet
    Wu Qian
    Nikolay Borchev

    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
    November 18, 2018

    Rachmaninoff - String Quartet No. 1 (unfinished) - Schumann Quartet
    Mussorgsky - Songs and Dances of Death ("Pesni i plyaski smerti") - Qian, Borchev
    Schubert - "Der Tod und das Mädchen," Op. 7, No. 3 - D 531 - Qian, Borchev
    Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 ("Death and the Maiden") - D 810 - Schumann Quartet

    Interesting to hear the original Lied before the Death and the Maiden quartet. The theme for the quartet's second movement is just a few bars from the piano introduction to the song -- humble beginnings for something that ends up beautifully expanded on in the quartet's five variations (the theme sounds to me like the inspiration for Chopin's funeral march, although I guess maybe they both drew from Beethoven's 12th sonata? or likely from some traditional funeral tune).

    Good performance by the young Schumann quartet. The Schubert calls for much passionate ensemble playing, at which the quartet excelled. All the members save the violist are brothers. I wonder whether a family quartet has closer harmony in some way, similar to a vocal group. I did find a few notes to be less than convincing in the first violin part at various times -- underarticulated, too reticent, sometimes with what seemed the wrong timbre. But I'd go see this quartet again.

    I didn't care much for the Mussorgsky material, although I appreciate the programming idea of pairing songs about death (and still close to Halloween!), and Borchev seemed excellent. I wish Qian had more to do in this performance - she shone in a live broadcast of Mozart's first Piano Quartet with three of the Schumanns during the week.

    Top programming as usual from CMS.
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