December 29, 2010

The Manderling Quartet - good, solid little band with a good, solid growing reputation.

Over to Geneva this week for a concert recorded live by Radio Suisse Romande's Espace 2 station. The Manderling Quartet is a new name to me, but they strike me as a solid little unit who are getting good word of mouth (and, I understand touring the U.S. in 2011). Tonight they give a nicely varied program of music by Felix Mendelssohn, Bela Bartok and Antonin Dvorak. The opus 1 Number 2 by Mendelssohn, Bartok's 2nd Quartet and the popular "American" Quartet of Dvorak.

The concert runs just over an hour and a half and it's split over two plays (as usual). The top player features the Mendelssohn and Bartok while the bottom player features the Dvorak and an encore. Funny thing, I've noticed over the past couple of years and couple thousand of these concerts that encores are something of a given lately. Everyone seems to be getting them. Not that they aren't deserved. But, it's getting to be like the obligatory encore at a rock concert. Just noticing.

Announcements are in French and are edited down to conform to time (and also because the announcer was really chatty).

And as always:

Transmission directe du concert
donné à l’Octogone à Pully
dans le cadre des concerts organisés
par «Pour l’Art et le Lutrin»

Quatuor Mandelring:
Sébastien Schmidt (Violon)
Nanette Schmidt (Violon)
Roland Glassl (Alto)
Bernhard Schmidt (Violoncelle)

- F. Mendelssohn: Quatuor à cordes no 2, en la mineur, op. 13
- B. Bartok: Quatuor à cordes no 5
- A. Dvorak: Quatuor à cordes, no 12,

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