City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Quartet Lunchtime Concert Review

By Barnaby Miln - Posted on 30 September 2009

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The Edinburgh Quartet
Works by Wilson and Dohnányi
Tristan Gurney (leader)
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The two violins, viola and cello of one of the United Kingdom's foremost chamber ensembles, founded almost fifty years ago, gave a lunch time concert of two string quartets.

Thomas Wilson's prize winning String Quartet No 3 was written by the Scottish composer in 1958 when he held a Personal Chair in the University of Glasgow. It was played for us in three movements, fast, slow, fast.

Erno Dohnányi was a Hungarian composer, pianist and conductor who wrote his Quartet No. 1 in A Op, 7 in 1899 when he was 22. This exciting music comes in four movements and is closer to Brahms than the composer's compatriots, Kodály or Bartók.

In both quartets each player had his prominence and no one player took centre stage. Their smiling faces showed they were enjoying themselves and the audience clearly agreed.

Event: Tuesday 29 September 2009 1.10pm