THE ENIGMA QUARTET : A COFFEE CULTURE CONCERT @ THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE

This quartet comprises four professional musicians.  They are from some of Australia’s finest orchestras and ensembles .All of them are women ..Marianne Edwards, Kerry Martin, Elizabeth Woolnough and Rowena Macneish. Some of them started out as buskers but now  they play for the pure joy and love of being in a quartet . 

The programming and structure of the performance was quite unusual. Part of a coffee and romance series in which members of the small boutique audience ,drank their coffee as they listened to two string quartets by Bedrich Smetana. If there was romance it was in the second of the Smetana works, in which in one of the movements he writes about the love for his wife and their falling in love.  At the end the musicians ,most unusually, spoke of their musical lives and took questions from the audience. But we never did learn why they call themselves the Enigma Quartet.

It was a refreshing concert. The Mendelssohn was substituted by another Smetana at the last moment as if to underline the spontaneity and exuberance of this engaging quartet. They played with the verve and excitement of friends making music. The lead violinist played with sweetness and verve. No wonder. The violin was almost 200 years old and on loan from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, who purchase such instruments via a special fund designed to improve the orchestra’s sound.

If a comment had to me made it was that perhaps there should have been some attenuation in sound to allow for the small  concert space. Otherwise it was a unique experience.

 

 

 

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Enigma Quartet Independent Theatre North Sydney….Sunday 15th March 4.30pm

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This quartet comprises four professional musicians.  They are from some of Australia’s finest orchestras and ensembles .All of them are women ..Marianne Edwards, Kerry Martin, Elizabeth Woolnough and Rowena Macneish .Some of them started out as buskers but now  they play for the pure joy and love of being in a quartet . 

The programming and structure of the performance was quite unusual. Part of a coffee and romance series in which members of the small boutique audience drank their coffee as they listened to two string quartets by Bedrich Smetana. If there was romance it was in the second of the Smetana works, in which in one of the movements he writes about the love for his wife and their falling in love.  At the end the musicians ,most unusually ,spoke of their musical lives and took questions from the audience. But we never did learn why they call themselves the Enigma Quartet.

It was a refreshing concert. The Mendelssohn was substituted by another Smetana at the last moment as if to underline the spontaneity and exuberance of this engaging quartet. They played with the verve and excitement of friends making music. The lead violinist played with sweetness and verve. No wonder. The violin was almost 200 years old and on loan from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, who purchase such instruments via a special fund designed to improve the orchestra’s sound.

If a comment had to me made it was that perhaps there should have been some attenuation in sound to allow for the small  concert space. Otherwise it was a unique experience.

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