Notos Quartet
Type: Concert
Date: Sunday 24 June 2012

Concert presented in association with The Parkhouse Award

Sindri Lederer Violin Antonia Köster Piano
Liisa Randalu Viola Florian Streich Cello

Dohnányi Piano Quartet in F sharp minor
Walton Piano Quartet
Dvorak Piano Quartet in E flat major op. 87


The Frankfurt-based NOTOS Quartet, winners of the 2011 Parkhouse International Chamber Music Award, gave a masterful performance of three piano quartets in the final concert of the 2012 Shaldon Festival. The pattern was established in the opening Piano Quartet in F sharp minor by Ernst Von Dohnányi; the superb blend of the three string players balanced with the finesse and skill of Antonia Köster on the piano. The sympathetic phrasing and dynamic contrasts were handled exceptionally well in this piece and the support for each other was a delight to watch. Sindri Lederer on the violin displayed a beautiful tone in the opening of the third movement and the finale came to a rousing climax with a flourish of ascending and descending chords on the piano.

Dohnányi was only 14 years old when he composed this piece and the Piano Quartet which followed was similarly an early piece of William Walton, composed at the age of 16, although much-revised in later years. The writing for the viola is particularly fine and it was a perfect vehicle to display the outstanding talent of Liisa Randalu. The spiky, dissonant dancelike rhythms of the Scherzo were well captured and there was some exquisite playing in the pastoral third movement Andante tranquillo.

The final piece was the Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.87 by Antonin Dvo?ák. This mature work with its sharply rhythmic folk-inspired themes offset by some wonderful broad melodies received an intelligent and energetic performance from the NOTOS. From the clever detail in the opening movement, the passionate slow movement with a haunting cello melody played movingly by Florian Streich, the swaying Bohemian waltz of the third movement and consistently strong, powerful rhythmic presence of the finale, it was a spell binding performance and a consummate display of musicianship. Only formed in 2007 this is a young quartet with the potential to reach the highest rungs of their profession.

Enid Hayles

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.