|The others played standing, with the cellist on a platform, |
her head level with theirs
Playing a program that led up to two of the greatest string quartets ever written, Bartok's Quartet #5 and Beethoven's late quartet, # 14, the Brodsky started with two short pieces from Bach's Art of the Fugue (for which Bach never specified instruments) and the haunting work Preghiera by the contemporary Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud.
Later, over a humdrum lunch, the eyes of a young travel writer shone as she expressed her excitement about hearing the rhythms and melodies of the Bartok. For me, the whole balanced program was a delight.
|Violiinist Daniel Rowland holding the attention of the audience|