Christopher Jones (violin), Gemma Sharples (violin), Kay Stephenson (violin), Anna Menzies (cello)
Bach: Selection from ‘The art of fugue’
Britten: String quartet no 2
Brahms: String quartet in C minor, op 51/1
Thursday 13 September 2018 at 19:30
St Paul’s Church, Percy Street, Alnwick, NE66 1AE
Review of concert
Alnwick Music Society opened its new season with a concert at St Paul’s Church, featuring the talented young Gildas Quartet. They opened with a committed performance of three short sections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s seminal Art of Fugue.
Next came Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet No.2, composed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Henry Purcell’s death. The quartet’s cellist, Anna Menzies, spoke about the work beforehand with musical illustrations provided by members of the quartet. It was quite clear from this that they felt passionately about the music, which was reflected in their excellent performance.
After the interval they played Johannes Brahms’ first String Quartet with the same passion that they had accorded to the Britten. The dense, almost orchestral sound of the final movement was particularly well handled and their performance was enthusiastically applauded by the audience. In response, the quartet played a lovely chaconne by Purcell as an encore.