I have just been to the Amar Quartett concert in the crypt of the Grossmünster, and it was fantastic. I love quartets and the crypt was just the right size for this type of chamber music. I've heard the quartet once before and this time we got tickets right at the front, which gave me a great view of their playing and the technique. They make such a great sound - really full bodied and the middle strings (second violin & viola) are particularly good, but then as a violist I'm biased :-)
They played two Mozart quartets, with a contemporary piece in the middle, followed by two funky encores. Interestingly, the two violins swapped the leadership of the quartet halfway through, which is quite unusual. The leader (female) was quite composed and controlled and led quite a tight ensemble. When they swapped, the male leader was much more into the sniffing /head swinging / eyebrow raising type of style, which I liked, just from an emotional point of view !! And importantly, the male viola played seems to be their spokesperson :-)
A great evening of music in a wonderfully, atmospheric location.
- Mozart String Quartet C-Dur KV 157
- C.Charrière "Quartuor Ophelia"
- Mozart String Quartet D-Dur KV 499 "Hoffmeister"