Thursday, 14 June 2018

Emotional extremes from the Belcea Quartet and Antoine Tamestit at Wigmore Hall

© Marco Borggreve
Belcea Quartet
Corina Belcea (violin)
Axel Schacher (violin)
Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)
Antoine Lederlin (cello)

Antoine Tamestit (viola)

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Wigmore Hall, London

Mozart: String Quintet in C major, K515

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

Brahms: String Quintet in G major, Op. 111

© José Lavezzi
'Antoine Lederlin (cello) proclaimed his arpeggio with presence, whilst Corina Belcea (first violin) responded with subtle sweetness'.

'This attention to the individual character of Mozart’s lines (made) this performance immediately stand out'.

'A truly bleak and unsettling performance, stripping away any veneer of safety its relative popularity might bring'.

'Tamestit made the melody sing, and Chorzelski on second viola, provided sympathetic support'.

'After the existential despair of the Shostakovich, this was a reassuring and life-affirming end to the evening'.

Read my full review on Bachtrack here.