I’m starting to believe that Sunday afternoon is the perfect time for a chamber music concert, and if the classikON calendar is anything to go by, I’m not alone.
Another trend I’m enjoying is the shorter concert. A concert that goes for 1 hour or 90 minutes is very enjoyable, especially when there are so many demands on our time and brain power – you can switch off, change mode and come out renewed.
When I wrote about the Takács Quartet, I introduced how I rate concerts with the ‘Problems Solved‘ method. I was talking to my concert buddy at The Passionate about my rating system and we were in total agreement.
- Joaquin Turina’s Piano Quartet in A Minor, op 67 (1931) = 0 Problems Solved. I was totally caught up in the piece and watching violinist Aiko Goto dance around while playing.
- Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, op 9 no 1 (1797/8) = Did start thinking about a list of things in the 2nd movement but we didn’t solve any problems.
- Arno Babadjanian’s Piano Trio in F# Minor (1952) = 0 Problems Solved. This was a great work and you could see they loved to performing it.
Considering they are a reasonably new quartet, they have great stage flirt. Watching musicians talk to each other on stage is one of the highlights of seeing it live.
While the walk from North Sydney to the Independent Theatre on a Sunday can be lonely, it is a lovely crowd when you get there, and definitely has a wider age bell curve than many.
Stay tuned, Kate.