Avalon Quartet Garners More Great Reviews
The Avalon String Quartet, in residence at the NIU School of Music, performed the second of it's Chicago Series concerts on Wednesday, February 10. Joining the quartet was noted cellist Yehuda Hanani, for a rare performance of Anton Arensky's String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 (1894), for violin, viola and two cellos.
The quartet has earned two excellent reviews from this performance - from Chicago Classical Review, in which reviewer Wynn Delacoma remarked, "The Avalon expertly caught the score’s unsettling mix of jaunty high spirits and off-kilter harmonies and rhythms. In the first bars of the Adagio, Lee’s richly textured cello set out a haunted song while the other instruments hovered above it like solicitous angels. In the final movement, Magnière’s violin took center stage with an exotic melody that was both wary and firmly carved." You can read the entire review here.
The second review appears in SteadyStyle Chicago. Reviewer Alan Bresloff had this to say : "The bows they use to play the violins, viola and cello appear to be extensions of their hands as they make them move almost in perfect unison from piece to piece. In watching their faces and eyes, one can see that they are a true team, each watching the other so that at no time do they miss one note; simply marvelous." The entire review can be found here.