Modigliani Quartet impressive Sunday at Union College concert

Where: Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady

When: Sunday, April 16

         Making a return appearance after a five-year absence, the impressive Paris-based Modigliani Quartet offered a program that spoke to the fickle hand of time.  First was music of promise and anguish from a composer felled by the Holocaust, followed by early and restless Beethoven, and ending with late and wistful Smetana.  Schulhoff’s Five Pieces received a bright and spirited performance yet a troubled undercurrent still flowed.  While Beethoven’s Opus 18, No. 3 is a little too efficient and gentle, the Modigliani opened hidden emotional doorways.  In Smetana’s “From My Life” sweet memories turn into expansive drama and the quartet took full of advantage.


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