23 November 2015
New SLSQ second violinist Owen Dalby has been working overtime to absorb not only the unique SLSQ ethos, but also a huge amount of repertory, including all three of the works John Adams has composed for the group! At the Edinburgh Festival they played, according to The Strad, “An enormously energetic performance of [John Adams’] First Quartet, putting their breathtakingly clear articulation and propulsive power at the service of hugely charismatic, exuberant playing that never lost sight of the composer’s sense of sonic fantasy.”
Two days later they played “Absolute Jest” with the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Here again “The St Lawrence String Quartet played sizzlingly: there were high wire solo moments and bursts of concertino energy, including a fantastic semiquaver passage of great virtuosity. Those who, like me, were hearing them for the first time will surely by now be hunting for recordings.” (Bachtrak.com)
And throughout the Fall, they have featured the newest of Adams’ pieces, “Second Quartet," including a performance at Carnegie Hall, where the New Yorker proclaimed, "A concert by this searching ensemble – Generation X's answer to the Emersons – is always worth hearing.".
In addition to Adams, SLSQ has of course performed a great deal of standard repertory, including Beethoven, Schumann, and their beloved Haydn, which appeared both in typical format, and also as part of their unique “Haydn Discovery” offering where they explore a quartet in depth on stage before playing it through.