Doric String Quartet a cut above the rest
There are some performers you could hear time and time again. In the ensemble section, the Doric String Quartet fit that bill perfectly. Their concert in the Marryat Hall was their third visit to Dundee, but if Dundee Chamber Music were to enlist them ad infinitum, no one could have any complaints.
World class is a term bandied about too often in my opinion, but the Doric deserve that.
They are a cut above the rest, and as the rest boast amazing credentials it shows just how good they are, showing all that is the hallmark of a great ensemble. However, the Doric take these factors of unity of thought, purpose and interpretation to a new height.
Their choice of programme was also perfection. Britten’s first quartet and one from Mendelssohn’s middle period, book-ended an early Haydn.
The highlights? Every little millisecond, although there were moments that stood out.
Strangely enough, these came in each of the final movements of the quartets.
Britten chose a frenzied, energetic approach for his, the direction molto vivace carried out to the letter.
Haydn’s decision to end with a fugue was another joy to behold before the pick of the crop that was Mendelssohn’s finale. It was played sotto voce, in a wonderfully subdued style that belied the con fuoco marking. There was no fire, just simply some marvellous chamber music delivery.
The whole evening was a complete treat, served under the auspices of Dundee Chamber Music. They have another one in store in November, when two quartets will unite for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet, one of music’s marvels.