Liquid Architecture at the Swallow Theatre

Chamber Music Ensemble Liquid Architecture at the Swallow Theatre
Chamber Music Ensemble Liquid Architecture at the Swallow Theatre

JUDGING by the audience’s reaction, the concert given by four members of the Chamber Music Ensemble Liquid Architecture at the Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone on Saturday was a great success.

To quote from the concert programme………”Liquid Architecture is an award-winning ensemble formed by outstanding graduates of the U.K.’s leading conservatoires with the aim of excelling in their interpretations of classic works, championing neglected repertoire and promoting new music for mixed ensembles.”

The musicians involved were Richard Russell, clarinet; Kate Lindon, violin; Carol Ella, viola and Rosalind Acton, ‘cello.

The opening work was Serenade op. 93 by Hans Gal, a lively entertaining piece in three movements which revealed the influence of Richard Strauss and involved the violin, cello and clarinet vying for attention at times in an exciting fashion.

The clarinet was then replaced with a viola for a performance of Beethoven’s String Trio op.9 No. 3. It was played with great assurance and the harmonic nature of the writing meant that it contrasted greatly with the preceding piece.

After the interval all four musicians came together for the Clarinet Quartet by Hummel. This is a lighter composition than the Beethoven Trio, even playful at times, and the whole performance proved delightful. A feature of the work is that one section, “La seccatura”, contains a succession of changing time signatures, but these were managed faultlessly causing no “bother” whatsoever to the players.

The closing work was Quartettino by Kokai, a short but lively composition in four movements in the style of Hungarian folk music. The playing was vigorous and for the strings, involved much double stopping and pizzicato, the cellist in particular playing a major role here.

Sincere thanks are due to these four fine musicians for a most enjoyable concert consisting of unfamiliar pieces of music brilliantly performed.