A spirited and well-coordinated performance of Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No 3 got the final concert of this year’s Dante Summer Festival off to a great start.
It was so good to see the Dante Quartet playing alongside a number of local youngsters, and everyone having such a ball as part of the specially-convened Festival Orchestra.
Events like this involve so many people and leader Krysia Osostowicz, in introducing the programme, made sure no one was omitted, while selflessly dedicating the afternoon’s concert to the memory of the late Bryan Foster, a great local supporter of the arts in general, and chamber music in particular.
There is absolutely no doubt that he would have approved immensely of Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet, given a superb performance by the Dantes in less than ideal circumstances, given the heat and its adverse effect on tuning.
The orchestra joined Krysia in a high-spirited reading of Schubert’s Rondo in A for Violin and Strings, with Brahms’s G major String Quintet providing an ideal conclusion to this ‘Schubert Meets Brahms’ programme.
Here the playing was again of the highest order, with Angela Garcia blending in seamlessly as the second viola, and certainly no one showing any loss of stamina in the Czardas-like finish, despite the temperature and the rigours of all the previous days’ playing.
PHILIP R BUTTALL