Thursday, October 26, 2023 – Nottingham, UK
Music enthusiasts gathered at the Djanogly Recital Hall within Lakeside Arts on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 7.30 pm, for a captivating performance by the Chiaroscuro Quartet and renowned clarinetist Matthew Hunt. The evening’s musical journey spanned 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a brief intermission, and offered a truly memorable experience for attendees.
The evening’s repertoire included three masterful compositions:
- Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op.33 No.6
- Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
- Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, Op.13
The Chiaroscuro Quartet, comprised of world-class musicians Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain) on violins, Emilie Hörnlund from Sweden on viola, and French cellist Claire Thirion, delivered a performance that exemplified their reputation as ‘trailblazers for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music,’ as lauded by Gramophone.
Distinguished for their commitment to historical accuracy, the Chiaroscuro Quartet performed using gut strings and traditional bows, recreating the sound and atmosphere of the era when these compositions were originally composed.
The evening’s highlight was the collaboration with the exceptional clarinetist, Matthew Hunt, who joined the quartet to perform Mozart’s renowned Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581. This piece, considered one of the great works in the chamber music repertoire, mesmerized the audience and left an indelible mark.
The performance was not only a musical treat but also a historical journey, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in the rich, authentic sound of classical chamber music.
Audiences were captivated by the musicians’ skillful interpretations, making the Chiaroscuro Quartet and Matthew Hunt’s performance at Djanogly Recital Hall an unforgettable musical experience.
Tickets for this exceptional evening were priced at £22 per seat, offering attendees the opportunity to witness the harmonious fusion of talents at an accessible cost. The event was a testament to Lakeside Arts’ commitment to providing diverse and world-class cultural experiences to the Nottingham community.
For those in attendance, it was an evening filled with musical magic, where the past and present converged to create a symphonic masterpiece that will linger in their memories for years to come.