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Vertavo String Quartet

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society

RNCM Concert Hall, 11 February 2013

Whoever selected Bedrich Smetana’s ‘From My Life’ for this concert deserves a grateful pat on the back; it is soul music by any other name.

The music’s candid confession eclipsed almost the three previous pieces, though since two were works by Mozart you’ll understand that that wasn’t entirely the case.

If forced to ascribe one concrete quality to Smetana’s String Quartet no 1 in E minor I’d turn to Laura Riding’s words and say that it possessed ‘the mercy of truth, which is to be truth’.  Not always, but sometimes certainly, integrity creates its own beauty.

Go seek out Smetana’s other music, and do it sharpish, that’s what the concert told me.

Details of future Manchester Chamber Concerts Society concerts can be found here.