Daz­zling strings round off sea­son

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

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.

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