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Jerusalem Quartet

Manchester Chamber Concerts Society

RNCM Concert Hall, 11 November 2013

Few passages are as haunting and fraught with fractured emotion as the second movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major.

There was a pronounced intensity too to Brian Elias’ String Quartet, which received its UK premiere here.

If Brahms’ String Quartet in B flat major is a work of substance (and it certainly is that), it was also sometimes a little too sweet.  He has a wonderful facility for rhythm and melody, this Brahms fellow, and there is a profusion of invention here.  But the melody can be rather, well, emollient.

The encore was a Polka by Shostakovich – and it was an utter delight.  You hungered for it when it was over, it seemed way too (criminally so, in fact) short though was likely just right, you needed to hear it again.  Such brevity, such beauty.

A splendid concert.

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

And details of future concerts by the Jerusalem Quartet are here.