Evening Standard review from our Kings Place concert
Allegri Quartet, classical review: The finest of ensembles
EVENING STANDARD ARTS - 4 STARS
The Allegri Quartet's performance was appreciated by their super-attentive audience, writes Barry Millington.
The Allegri Quartet can claim to be Britain’s longest established chamber group. True, the founders, Eli Goren and William Pleeth, are no longer with us, but the present-day line-up maintains the high calibre of the original and gave an accomplished recital in the London Chamber Music Society series, itself in fine fettle under the artistic directorship of Peter Fribbins since its relocation from Conway Hall to Kings Place in 2008.
Haydn’s String Quartet in F minor, op.20, no.5, demonstrated the ensemble’s virtues in terms of intonation, unanimity and the all-important sense of shifting hierarchies, as instruments in turn take the spotlight and then recede.
The first movement of Szymanowski’s String Quartet No. 2 strongly evokes Ravel, with the occasional hint of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, and the Allegri caught its enraptured quality with their muted but silky textures.
The second movement, by contrast, recalls Bartók, while the third combines Gallic refinement with the colour of Tatra folk music from southern Poland.
All this was realised with consummate sensibility by the Allegri, who then proceeded to deliver a masterly reading of Schubert’s G major quartet, D.887, spinning its prodigal modulations with revelatory inventiveness and delving deep into the mysteries of this inscrutable late work.
The Allegri’s performance exemplified the kind of fully-functioning ecosystem that differentiates the finest ensembles from the mediocre – a fact appreciated by their super-attentive audience.
Allegri in Richmond Series
Join us for the first of a new venture, presenting a Sunday series in Richmond (London).
A perfect Mother's Day treat - Sunday 26th March at 3pm at St John the Divine, which is just a couple of minutes walk from Richmond Station.
Haydn 33/1, Barber's 'Adagio' and Mendelssohn quartet in f minor, opus 80.
Tickets are £15 available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EJLIEM
and on the door, on the day (subject to availability!)
Calling Student Quartets!
Come and study with us this summer! From the organisers:
A MUSIC SUMMER COURSE IN SUNNY SOUTH SPAIN
The Academy 2016 at Música in Segura is an unique opportunity for six young string quartets to receive daily coaching from the Allegri String Quartet as well as participating in public concerts and masterclasses in stunning South Spain. Música en Segura is a leading Spanish festival, and the academy offers a concert in 2017 to one of the participants. Other than that, we offer the best tuition, sun, swimming pool and fun!
1st - 7th July
Alec Roth Quartets CD released
We have just released our latest disc - Alec Roth's Quartets 2-4. The first two were commissions by the Salisbury Festival, and the the last by Malvern Music Club. The CD was recorded at Sevenoaks school by the celebrated recording engineer Tony Faulkner. The launch will take place in Berlin on 25th May, at the Piano Salon Christophori.
Allegri welcomes new first violinist, Martyn Jackson
We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new first violin Martyn Jackson, following the departure of Ofer Falk, who after more than 20 years of near continuous quartet playing, wanted to explore other avenues. We wish Ofer all the very best for all his future musical endeavours.
Martyn is a graduate of London’s Royal College of Music and has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and the Middle East. He previously led the Cavaleri Quartet and has frequently served as assistant concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume kindly on loan to him from Frau Angela Schmeink.
New concert dates announced!
Please have a look at our new diary and make sure that you note down all our new concert dates for the new year. We will be performing, amongst other places, at the Orange Tree Theatre, the Stapleford Granary in Cambridge, in Wales at the Llanfyllin Msuci Festival and and Great Comp Garden in Sevenoaks.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!