Saturday 21st September 2019 at 7.30pm
Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Michael Trainor ~ violins
Jessie Ann Richardson ~ cello, with Rosalind Ventris ~ viola
We have begun our 2019/20 Season with the first concert in our new venue, Amersham Free Church in Woodside Road.
Our first artists of the session were the renowned Piatti String Quartet, making a welcome return visit to the Club. They got our Season off to a wonderful start, beginning their programme with the String Quartet by Debussy. This is not performed nearly as often as it deserves to be, the ravishingly beautiful slow movement in particular leaving the audience spellbound. The quartet's regular violist was unavailable so the two violinists and cellist were joined by Rosalind Ventris, who had a particular spotlight in the next work, the quartet "Winter's Edge" by contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. This work was receiving only its second UK performance, having been showcased by the Piatti Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in the spring. A work in four short movements, it was very well received by our appreciative audience. After the interval our artists played one of Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets with great panache. Their sheer energy, particularly in the finale, brought this excellent concert to an end in grand style. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the music and the new venue which augurs success for the continuation of our Season.