Review: The Gildas Quartet at the King’s Lynn Town Hall

The Gildas Quartet. Picture: Ian Dingle

The Gildas Quartet. Picture: Ian Dingle - Credit: Archant

The second week of the King's Lynn Festival always showcases young and exciting musicians rising to the top of their game in a series of popular coffee concerts. The first featured the superb musicianship of The Gildas Quartet.

The programme began with Haydn's Quartet in D Minor, Op 76. One of Haydn's later works, it is a sublime and formidable piece and was played with wonderful energy and assurance.

Next was Beethoven's Quartet in E Minor Op 59 No 2, one of three commissioned by Count Rasumovsky. The long adagio second movement, inspired by a contemplation of starry skies, was a highlight, as was the foot-tapping fourth movement featuring a mandatory Russian folk song element to please the Count.

The concert ended with young composer Ben Pease-Barton's Flytande, a complex and unusual piece beautifully evoking the rhythms of traditional Scandinavian music.

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