RNCM Concert Hall, 15 December 2012
A splendid concert with which to close the year, the great discovery of the evening being Three Idylls by Frank Bridge.
They were exhilarating and beautiful but also achingly melancholic, each one documenting both a perfect moment in time and an awareness of its inevitable passing.
Bridge’s pupil Benjamin Britten provided the second piece, this a performance of his String Quartet No 1 in D major, one proud of possessing its own particular qualities.
An interesting pairing these two, contrasting nicely with Franz Schubert’s great and even now enigmatic work, the String Quartet No 14 in D minor, which took up the whole of the second half. That set the seal on a marvellous evening.
These four fellows were an astounding, supremely accomplished quartet. In their hands the music had a life of its own.
Details of future Manchester Chamber Concerts Society concerts can be found here.