Dazzling strings round off season
AN ENCOURAGINGLY large audience turned out for the final classical concert in Ashford Music Society’s current winter series, held in Norton Knatchbull School. The reward was a dazzling performance of three string quartets by internationallyfamous Coull Quartet, who were making a fifth visit to Ashford. The quartet was formed 32 years ago. With only two personnel changes in that time, they have established a reputation for a precise and a well-balanced ensemble, very impressively demonstrated for Smetana’s autobiographical From My Life, which formed the second half of the programme. The quartet is also celebrated for clear delineation of individual string passages, often complex counterpoint, particularly noticeable in the Mozart quartet in G, dedicated to Haydn. Rarely played, Kodaly quartet number two deserves to be heard more, and completed an outstanding performance, giving a satisfying finale to the season. The concerts resume in October, opening a series which runs until March 2008.