Just two works made up this lunchtime programme, an intriguing pairing of music by
Ades's quintet is a gem, full of gossamer textures and timeless themes that glimmer just out of reach like beacons in a haar. It's fastidiously constructed, with intricately shifting rhythms and a structure so classical it seems almost radical, but never rigid, but the interlacing filigree needs a gentle flux that the Hebrides weren't able to muster. Part of the problem might be that the group don't stick to a regular lineup - their membership seems to change for almost every programme. Individual players are superb (here they included violinist
Their performance of the Brahms, likewise, never quite synthesised. This score needs a dark, musky sound that's supported from the bass, not led by the treble, yet Janiczek was easily the most powerful player on the stage.
Melodic lines passed too formally between the players and there was a jarring aggression to the propulsive scherzo.
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