The Tetzlaff Quartet @ the RNCM
The Tetzlaff Quartet
Manchester Chamber Concerts Society
Royal Northern College of Music, 18 October 2010
The Tetzlaff Quartet consists of Christian Tetzlaff and Elisabeth Kufferath on violins, Hanna Weinmeister on viola and Tanja Tetzlaff on cello. This evening’s programme featured works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg.
Haydn’s String Quartet in C major (1772) was quite dazzling. It expressed constancy, a willingness to accept all. To hold the beloved, no matter what may befall, in an ardent embrace.
Shortly thereafter, there came the String Quartet in A minor (1827) by Mendelssohn. It was charming and pleasantly melancholic, but perhaps no more than that. A confession: this composer’s work has never really caught fire for me.
At the last we got Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.1 in D minor (1904-5), and with it one entered a quite different sound-world. Peril was a tangible presence. The listener was, as it were, taking stuttering steps across treacherous terrain, ‘stumbling upon the blood dark track once more’ in Yeat’s fine phrase. One descended into shadows, but in the end a kind of ravaged triumph had been achieved.
The Tetzlaff Quartet were terrific on the night, and they are to be commended also for the variety present in the works that they performed. Their performance of Schoenberg’s quartet was very, very special.
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