Ariel Quartet

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The Audience As Critic – Saturday, March 19, 2016


The Ariel Quartet

Gershon Gerchikov, Alexandra Kazovsky, violins;

Jan Grüning, viola; Amit Even-Tov, cello

Haydn             Quartet No. 63 in B-flat major, Op. 76, No. 4

Beethoven       Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”

Brahms           Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51


Young Artist Program

The Chroma Quartet

Gregory Lewis, Hannah Humphries, violins;

John Sellick, viola; David Liam Roberts, cello

Mendelssohn  String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

(I. Adagio – Allegro)



Excellent playing. Haydn was beautiful. They did not choose the best of Beethoven. Beethoven himself obviously did not think too much of it. The Brahms was gorgeous. Very excellent. I would like to hear them again. (HT)

Enjoyed the “young” artist quartet. Excellent program. (MPL)

The Chroma Quartet was the best student ensemble I have ever heard over the past 45 years of concert attendance. The Ariel Quartet has good communication and excellent musical abilities. We enjoyed all of it, especially the musicians’ passion for their music. (Anon)

Fantastic ensemble playing beginning with the very first note and never let up. Great communication with each other, including body movement and lots of eye contact. The transition from composer to composer was very evident, so it wasn’t just “another quartet”. Thanks for an exciting evening. The Brahms was especially enjoyable. (DL)

Bravo! If Alice Munro’s stories had strings, they would approach the wonder of Ariel’s performance of Brahms’ Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51. Both show the pain, joy, and paradoxes of being human and both expose for their audiences to marvel at the deep cores of human experience. (AH)

Very good. (DW)

Were the instruments people, or were the people instruments? So wonderful I could not tell the difference. (SL)

The young artist performers are terrific and a great thing to be doing. (Anon)

I’m not qualified to be a “critic”. All I can say is I love the concerts. However, Ariel would not be my favourite. (So far, that goes to André Laplante – I think)

I have never before made an “Audience as Critic” comment, but am compelled to do so after Saturday night’s concert (March 19). First, the Young Artists performance by the Chroma Quartet was terrific, and not simply for a group so young. They played beautifully and clearly have a promising future. Those young artists were well paired with the Ariel Quartet for whom I cannot find sufficient superlatives. At many times in the evening, but particularly during the Brahms, I felt there were 5 instruments on stage – the four musicians and the Quartet. The players were so connected to one another and to the music that I could virtually see the notes rising from the individual instruments, intertwining and supporting the others to weave a magical tapestry of sound. Altogether an evening of music to long remember. Thank you and I do hope you are able to bring both groups back to the Virtuosi stage in the future. (MR) (Received via email)