FORT WORTH - Once again, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth sold out the auditorium in the Modern Art Museum...
...the performance by the Borromeo String Quartet was worth all of the parking frustration.
The program featured three quartets by very different composers: one each by Haydn and Mozart followed by Ravel’s singular masterpiece. They also played an oddity: a short piece by George Gershwin that served as an amuse-bouche. Titled Lullaby, it is really a barcarole with its rocking rhythm. It was an odd addition to the program, but it amply shows Gershwin’s remarkable talent as a composer...
...Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 was dedicated to Haydn, but the older composer was probably mystified by Mozart’s introduction, which uses dissonance and fails to establish the home key. But the quartet captured Mozart’s exuberant nature, and so, the Borromeo.
The Borromeo quartet transformed its sound for Ravel’s music to bring out the richer and dramatic, yet restrained, language the composer used to separate his quartet from Debussy’s.
The Borromeo Quartet plays with great finesse. Intonation in its ensemble was as close to perfect as you can get. The dynamic range went from a whisper to full-out playing. But the best aspect of the performance was the sensitivity to the differences in style among the composers. Even the most difficult stylistic difference to make apparent, between Haydn and Mozart, was clearly demonstrated. And the quartet really let loose in the Ravel.
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