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Diverso Quartet with Katarzyna Wasiak on piano

The Weinberg Project

Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM

11 October 2016

Diverso Quartet with Katarzyna Wasiak on piano

The concert had a title, The Weinberg Project, and the first work to be performed was that composer’s Piano Quintet in F minor.

A contemporary and close friend of Shostakovich, Mieczysław Weinberg suffered much during World War Two, as did many of those close to him. Vast tumuli of emotion powered the piano quintet.

There came a short work, Karol Rathaus’s Rapsodia Notturno for cello and piano, wherein lambent waves of phantom fire gently stoking the heart. Then the final performance, the Piano Quintet on Popular Polish Themes by Szymon Laks, this one a lively and even a giddy ride: indeed, in some places pretty close to klezmer.

It was a very well balanced programme overall – there were happy themes as well as sad – and it is heartening to see young talented musicians explore music as rich and complex as this.