FRANK CLIFF John Innes Centre, Norwich
John Innes Centre, Norwich
Undoubtedly chamber music today is alive and well, and as standards seemed to rise ever higher, and we become accustomed to an almost clinical perfection, perhaps we sometimes need reminding of what we may be missing. What that may be Saturday's recital by the Jerusalem Quartet brought home most forcibly; the power of communication.
The Jerusalem's technique is superb but what made this such a memorable recital was their ability to convey the essence of the music.
Perfect unanimity of attack and phrasing and beautiful judged tempi were the hallmarks of an excellent performance of Beethoven's Opus 18 No 1.
They relished the dramatic writing of the first movement of Samuel Barber's Opus 11 quartet.
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A superb reading of Brahm's second quartet in which the balance of the lyrical and dramatic writing was perfectly achieved ended this excellent recital.