|FIC41 photo by Claudia Reyes|
I wouldn't ordinarily go first to a chamber music concert and then later that evening to another featuring Mexico's National Symphony but that's the way the Cervantino plays out sometimes. Or maybe I just don't like making decisions.
I'm glad I did go to both. Britain's Endellion Quartet started with Haydn's beautiful Quartet #42, went on to the quartet Benjamin Britten composed during World War II when he was thirty-something and finished with Schubert's Death and the Maiden quartet. To think that Schubert left us so many beloved pieces before he died at age 31. If ever there was an unfinished life, it was Schubert's. The Britten didn't go down well with a Prepa student and a mathematician I talked with, but I liked it, maybe because I knew of its background.
|Pleased conductor surrounded by musicians after Stravinsky's strenuous work|