On Sunday 13th November the Wihan String Quartet from the Czech Republic gave a brilliant performance in Wigtown County Buildings to a well filled hall for the Newton Stewart and District Music Club.
The programme played to the attentive audience consisted of works by Mozart, Janacek and Dvorak.
Their first offering, Mozart’s K421, was played with such sensitivity and unique interpretation that Mozart himself would surely have approved.
The Dvorak Quartet No.13, which provided the second half of the concert, held the audience spellbound with the quality of tone and the sheer beauty of the music.
However, the highlight for some was the little known Quartet No 1 by Janacek.
This work, inspired by Tolstoy’s novella “Kreutzer Sonata” contains three movements conveying the turmoil of the story which is only resolved in the finale.
Throughout this piece the players conveyed such intense passion and incredible articulation that many, previously unfamiliar with the work, were totally enthralled.
Altogether it was easy to agree with press reviews which claimed this quartet as being, “one of the best quartets in the world today.” (International Record Review), as this was ensemble playing of the highest order which those present felt privileged to experience.
By Colin Baker