|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
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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