Friday, November 15, 2019
Faith United Church of Christ
- Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, No. 1, H. III:81
- Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 4 (1951)
- Schumann: String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
The year 2016 was an annus mirabilis for the Berlin-based Vision String Quartet. Founded only four years earlier, the young ensemble was showered with prizes and awards: firsts at the Mendelssohn Bartholdy Competition and the International Concours de Génève, the Würth Prize, and the audience prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Subsequently, the fame, honors, and touring radius of these four gentlemen have only grown.
Demand for tour dates is hot. So is their playing style. At least one reviewer (Der Tagesspiegel), has called the quartet “hot-blooded.” Also “vivacious, vivid and electrifying.” And “completely fearless.” Maybe that’s why they play standing up! They also perform from memory, sometimes in utter darkness, and at other times in collaboration with (rather than as accompaniment to) the movement of dancers. They have even, personally, become airborne on occasion.
Make no mistake: their fresh approach to the classical repertoire springs from a profound respect for tradition, and their interest in contemporary compositions is grounded in discipline. The 2018-2019 season took the group beyond Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland to Great Britain, Italy, Denmark, and Israel. Now in 2019-2020, they bring their versatile talents to the New World and—delightfully—to us.