The Bennewitz Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

Although the group have been together since 1998, there was still an air of boyish freshness as the Bennewtiz Quartet arrived on stage. Nevertheless, with a first half of challenging Viennese music, this Czech ensemble revealed themselves as a Quartet wanting to undertake serious repertoire that takes them outside of their comfort zone. This, unfortunately, was all too clear in their uneasy performance of Schubert, which did not succeed in mediating between its different emotions. However, a highly expressive performance of Webern demonstrated that the Quartet could do justice to another Viennese master, before their joyous return to their countryman Dvořák.

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