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Brahms & Dvorak
Kreutzer Quintet at Wilton's 30 July 2010

The Brahms 3rd quartet began a bit roughly, but settled and the third movement, which featured Morgan Goff's special English viola, was a delight.

Peter Sheppard's pre-concert talk reminded us that the core string quartet as a separate entity developed only slowly, and that Dvorak's quintet with double bass (1975) originated as a five movement divertimento.

He explained how in his Kreutzer concerts he likes to "break up" the standard foursome line up (useful too when particular members are unavailable!).

Rachel Meerlo's formidable instrument dominated Dvorak's texture quite disconcertingly.

A more "normal" balance can be heard on the Vlachs' version (Naxos 555378).

Peter Grahame Woolf