August 14, 2022


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The Dover Quartet Plays Another Beach

Friday night time at Rockport, the Dover Quartet commenced with a most impacting operate: Mozart’s Quartet no. 19 in C Significant, K465 “Dissonance,” whose strange introduction yields the piece’s nickname. It is possibly the most popular of Mozart’s quartets and the last in the set of 6 composed between 1782 and 1785 that he devoted to Joseph Haydn. The first motion opens with tranquil Cs in the cello, joined successively by the other gamers, so making the “dissonance” alone. This lack of harmony and constant crucial continues all through the sluggish introduction prior to resolving into the vivid C major of the Allegro segment. The second movement is prepared in sonatina kind, i.e., lacking the development section. The third motion is a minuet and trio, with the exuberant temper of the minuet darkening into the C minimal of the trio. The past movement is also in sonata variety. General, the Dover Quartet struck a nice stability among a heat, smooth, and prolonged-lined audio and historically knowledgeable apply articulations. 

Ravel completed his only string quartet in early April of 1903 at the age of 28.  It follows a four-movement classical framework: the opening motion Allegro moderato – très doux, in sonata variety, offers two contrasting themes that take place once more later on in the perform The very first, increasing and falling via a extensive arc, is played by all four players at the opening and taken more than by the first violin, accompanied by harmonies in the reduce devices. The next concept is intonated by the initially violin and viola playing two octaves aside. The improvement portion is predominantly lyrical, gaining intensity prior to the recapitulation. The return of the next theme is subtly improved, the rate slows and the movement finishes very quietly. A playful scherzo second motion Assez vif – très rythmé follows, opening with a pizzicato passage, echoes Ravel’s Spanish respectable. The central part of this movement is a slow, wistful topic led by the cello. The movement concludes with a shortened recollection of the opening theme. The lyrical gradual movement Très lent alterations the tempo many periods in spite of the marking “very gradual.” The viola introduces the very first theme, which the very first violin then repeats. The players underlined the potent thematic backlinks with the very first movement and expressed the rhapsodic and lyrical aspects of this tunes. The music is rhapsodic and lyrical. The finale Vif et agité reintroduces themes from the before movements as it reverts to the F big of the initial movement loosely in the kind of a rondo. The opening bars are stormy, shorter melodic themes are given rapid tremolandi and sustained phrases are performed against emphatic arpeggios. There are transient moments of quiet sections, but the perform ends vigorously. The foursome mixed wonderful accuracy with the creation of a legitimate French seem they reached a wide variety of atmospheric colours and an aura reminiscencent of Debussy and Fauré.

The Dover String Quartet, from remaining, Joel Url (violin), Camden Shaw (cello), Bryan Lee (violin), and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (viola).

Dvořák’s Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Key, Op. 97 “American,” opens with a purely pentatonic Allegro ma non troppo. The motion develops harmonically, but still exhibiting openness and simplicity. The next theme is ornamented with elements reminiscent of Gypsy or Czech music. The piece moves to a improvement area that is substantially far more dramatic in tempo and colour. The theme of the second movement (Lento) is the one particular that has most resemblance to American Indian tunes. Dvořák develops this thematic substance in an prolonged center section, then repeats the topic in the cello with an even thinner accompaniment that is alternately bowed and pizzicato. The 3rd motion (Molto vivace) is a variation of the conventional scherzo, whole of off-beats and cross-rhythms, offering it a pulsing character. As in former motion, the Finale: Vivace ma non troppo offered a further prospect for the 1st violinist to display screen his lyrical natural beauty and for the team to clearly show its unison as it contrasted unique motives and ongoing in the spirit of the very first theme. Barry Shiffman, the inventive director of the Rockport Chamber New music Festival joined the Dover for this enthusiastically acquired closer.


The Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet, winner of the 2013 Banff Competitors and Cleveland award, is currently the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at Curtis Institute and retains residencies with the Kennedy Middle and the Bienen University of Music at Northwestern. The Quartet customers examined at the Curtis Institute and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. The Quartet first shaped at Curtis, and its title pays tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber.