Pavel Haas Quartet’s tour kicks off in Armidale
A large and appreciative audience (including a number of music students from local high schools and the regional conservatorium) responded very warmly to the group’s beautifully realised and exciting performances of Haydn, Dvorak and Paul Stanhope’s second string quartet receiving its first performance. The Quartet has a well-developed sense of ensemble, each instrument has its own strong voice, yet they breathe and play as one. Both the Haydn and Dvorak were outstandingly performed.
Paul’s String Quartet no 2 is extremely fine: growing out of his desire to examine aspects of the relationship between old Europe and the new world, its musical ideas reference folk melodies and rhythms and religious music and the work moves from the dark and tragic to a wonderful sense of energy and optimism in the final movement. The Quartet isreally enjoying playing the work and gave a tremendous performance of it.
Tonight the Quartet performs in Coffs Harbour. The audience last night reacted extremely positively hearing a group that while young are already great. We’re sure that everyone else will too: enjoy!