Reviews of Current Season Concerts

These are the reviews for the current season.

Review: 9 March 2017 Emerson String Quartet

Dvořák, Shostakovich, Beethoven The Emerson String Quartet, one of the leading American quartets of our time and currently on a hectic European tour, brought to Malvern three works: Dvořák’s 11th Quartet Op. 61, Shostakovich’s 4th, Op. 83, and Beethoven’s A minor Quartet, Op. 132. Perhaps responding to the fact that …

Review: 26 January 2017 Robert Plane, Sacconi Quartet

Haydn, York Bowen, Glazunov, Brahms The fourth concert of the season featured the Sacconi String Quartet and the former CBSO clarinettist Robert Plane in a programme including Haydn’s Quartet Op.76 No.1 in G, Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115 and two curiosities. The first of these, York Bowen’s Phantasy …

Review: 24 November 2016 Stile Antico

The Touches of Sweet Harmony – The Musical World of Williams Shakespeare What makes and ideal concert? The twelve-voice ensemble Stile Antico came very close with a carefully prepared programme on the theme of Shakespeare. Alongside the familiar Shakespeare songs (There was a lover and his lass and Full Fathom …

Review: 27 October 2016 Imogen Cooper piano

Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, Albeniz For Malvern Concert Club’s second concert of the season, on 27 October, the pianist Imogen Cooper presented a programme of Schumann, Beethoven, Debussy, de Falla and Albeniz, beginning with Schumann’s rarely performed Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6. Schumann imagined the Davidsbündler as a band of heroes battling the …

Review: 29 September 2016 Chiaroscuro Quartet

Mozart, Haydn, Schubert The new season opened with Chiaroscuro playing three familiar string quartets on authentic instruments. ‘Period’ stringed instruments are set up very differently to ‘modern’ ones, with gut strings and bows constructed to give shape to each tone or phrase, even a ‘chiaroscuro’, an alternating ‘clarity’ and ‘darkness’ …