Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Schubert Cello Quintet

Noontime Concerts
Schubert: Cello Quintet

Cypress String Quartet
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello

Tuesday, April 27 at 12:30pm
Old St. Mary's

On Tuesday I attended this well-executed performance of the Schubert Cello Quintet given by the Cypress String Quartet plus cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau. By now the sweet playing & close communication of the Cypress Quartet are very familiar to me. Mr. Fonteneau has a tone that is woody & just slightly more raw then the rest of the group. He plays with a great deal of control & musicality. I liked his plummy pizzicato in the 2nd movement. They all finished the rousing end of the 3rd movement with their bows high in the air, in that classic string ensemble action shot. It was nice to hear just the one major work at this noontime concert, & the experience felt very complete. Someone in the audience ran up to the performers at the end & gave them gifts.

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