Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mozart's Hoffmeister Quartet at Old St. Mary's

This Tuesday's Noontime Concert at Old St. Mary's featured 4 musicians from the Midsummer Mozart Festival performing Mozart's String Quartet No. 20 in D Major. Their playing was consistently polite & unrushed, & all 4 movements had similarly even tempos & smoothed-out phrasing. The 1st movement had a gentle, weightless ending. These concerts are well-attended, & the respectful Old St. Mary's audience was silent between movements. We were spared the sound of the street musician who sometimes plays the erhu outside the church during concerts. He must have been on his lunch break.

§ Noontime Concert at Old St. Mary's

Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble
Robin Hansen, violin
Dan Flanagan, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Vanessa Ruotolo, cello

String Quartet in D major, K. 499, "Hoffmeister"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
Old St. Mary's Cathedral


Patrick J. Vaz said...

I once heard Mr Ehru playing during a noontime concert performance of the Quartet for the End of Time. It was an interesting experience.

Patrick J. Vaz said...

I mwant Mr Erhu

Axel Feldheim said...

That's a pretty spacey piece of music to hear in the middle of a workday, erhu obbligato or not.

There does not seem to be much Western classical music that is enhanced by melodies from an off-stage erhu.

Patrick J. Vaz said...

Just noticed that my typo correction included another typo -- and thus we crawl further and further into error. I meant that I meant Mr Erhu.

So I guess spacey pieces of music are particularly suitable for me.