Regent String Quartet
MICHAEL DRAKE Assembly House, Norwich
>Assembly House, Norwich
In the first of the festival's Lunchtime Concerts, these young ladies, still students at the Royal Academy, immediately showed a remarkable musical maturity in Haydn's Quartet in D Op 64 with a clear, soaring first-violin part (from which it gets its nickname “the Lark”).
But soon all instruments were singing in a joyful opening movement followed by a strikingly warm and integrated tone in a thoughtful slow movement – though “noises off” did not help – before a finale of bouncing vitality and precision skilfully held in check.
Essentially, later in 1895 Dvorak composed his Quartet No 13 in G Op 106 and much more rural than Haydn's, it conjured visions of the countryside often removed from the home key, with meandering upper strings and firm cello tread.
In contrast, the languid opening of the slow movement was both powerful and sensual but with piercing definition before the Quartet's dancing delicacy returned to the folk-tune base with perfect compatibility and imaginative colouring.
- 1 A coach 'filled with people' and a van crash on the NDR
- 2 Heavy winds set to hit Norfolk as yellow weather warning issued
- 3 Broads pub once visited by Chelsea players shuts for good
- 4 One person rescued after crash on A47
- 5 ‘We need action now’: Flood hit Broads business backs river barrier calls
- 6 Tribute to keen mountain biker who died on ride
- 7 Theatre director's planning bid branded 'an attempt to rewrite history'
- 8 Norwich City transfer rumours: Idah out, Hugill back in for Canaries?
- 9 Body found in woods near Mildenhall
- 10 Ambulance chief: 'I'm sorry.... things will get worse before they get better'
Having already won many prizes and worked with world- class quartets, the Regent is poised to join them.