The Carducci Quartet, on its sixth visit to the Richmondshire Concerts, delivered an exceptional evening. All the usual skills were there: extraordinary, almost telepathic cohesion; smooth, warm melodic lines; moments of raw anguish, particularly in Shostakovich's 11th Quartet; lightning-fast baton-passing along the line from first violin to cello... Just when you think these musicians are at their peak, they get even better.
It was telling that many in the large audience were suffering from spring colds, yet the auditorium was rapturously silent during the concert - quite spellbound.
This was a fine end to a fine season, and we can't wait for a seventh visit.
Update, 3 April: the musicians clearly had fun too. "Greatly enjoyed performing for Richmondshire Concerts yesterday - wonderful audience and atmosphere!"
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