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Haydn, Fanny Mendelssohn & Jessie Montgomery from the Kyan Quartet


The Kyan Quartet
The Kyan Quartet

Josef Haydn, Fanny Mendelssohn, Jessie Montgomery; Kyan Quartet; Wigmore Corridor
Reviewed by Florence Anna Maunders, 4 November 2022

Contemporary & passionate chamber music from a quartet of rising stars

This afternoon recital happened within the snug setting of London’s Wigmore Corridor – a venue which, lately, has grow to be one thing of a Mecca for chamber ensembles, and shaped the debut look of the present formation of this ensemble. On this event, 4 November 2022, we had been handled to an early Haydn quartet, the one quartet from Fanny Mendelssohn and Jessie Montgomery‘s energetic work Strum, from the Kyan Quartet (Naomi Warburton, Sidney Mariano, Wanshu Qui, Simon Guémy).
Fashioned in 2019 on the Royal Academy of Music, with assist from the Frost Belief, this quartet have already collected a good stack of residencies, prizes and awards, and on the idea of the musicianship on show this afternoon, can anticipate many extra.

Regardless of her younger age, model new addition, Chinese language violist Wanshu Qui, already has a substantial pedigree in chamber music efficiency within the UK, bringing a heat, full tone, dedicated rhythmical taking part in and theatrical poise to the center traces of the quartet. Though this was her first look with the group, her ensemble coordination, notably together with her inside accomplice, American Sydney Mariano on violin, was delicate & flawlessly assured.

Though a string quartet is a gathering of musical friends, the management of first violinist Naomi Warburton was clear from the very first bars of Haydn’s “Fowl” Quartet (Op. 33, No. 3) as she led her fellows with class and poise by means of the opening gestures and into the primary thematic materials of the piece. Later in the identical work, she mixed with Mariano in a wonderfully whimsical violin duet, which was carried off with chic ease and pure pleasure in music making.

Offering rather more than a strong bass, French ‘cellist Simon Guémy accomplished the quartet. He demonstrated a specific knack of taking a formulaic supporting line, and forming it into its personal lyrical melody, with a way of path and form. Significantly within the stunning Romanze from Fanny Mendelssohn, his contributions uncoiled like delicate fronds of musical translucence.

To spherical off the programme, Strum from the American composer Jessie Montgomery, was a vibrant, thrilling and completely genial conclusion. The quartet had been clearly having a splendid time with this music, and their enthusiasm was infectious, to guage by the bobbing heads, grinning faces and rapturous applause of the Wigmore Corridor viewers. The ebullient Kyans are actually a foursome to be careful for within the close to future. They’re presently one of many resident ensembles on the corridor by means of an Open Academy/Wigmore Corridor Studying Fellowship and the live performance was offered as an off-the-cuff occasion for folks dwelling with dementia and their pals, household and carers. The Kyan Quartet and may be heard in motion there once more on the 15 April 2022 – mark your diaries now!

Reviewed by Florence Anna Maunders

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