At Home with Mozart and Brahms

The Ariel String Quartet performed in my parents’ living room this afternoon, in a concert presented by the Cambridge Musical Club. The Quartet comprises Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gerson Gerchikov, violin; Alexandra Kazovsky, violin, and Sergey Tarashchansky, viola. I sat on the sofa directly in front of them and recorded with my Edirol R-09. After the performance, Amit listened with headphones to the first movement of String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms and said it would be okay to upload it to my blog, as a sample of the concert. Their first piece was String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonance,” by Mozart.

The quartet will give a free concert on May 2, 2007 at 8 pm in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Highly recommended!

Click here to listen to today’s performance of Allegro non troppo from the Brahms String Quartet in A minor.

The quartet was founded in Jerusalem in 1998 and has performed in major venues in Israel and abroad. Recent appearances have included the Musee du Louvre in Paris, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and the Neue Galerie in New York City. Since 2004 the quartet has studied at the New England Conservatory. They have a web site under construction and you can e-mail them at arielquartet AT yahoo DOT com.

The Cambridge Musical Club was founded in 1903, and my mother has been a loyal supporter, regularly hosting concerts. It’s quite an experience to show up at the home place and see the living room arranged with 30 folding chairs filling with guests, while four musicians tune up in the library. Unlike a year ago, the Welsh Terriers were confined to quarters and did not make a run through the living room during the music.

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