Date: Sunday 23 June 1996
Andrew Watkinson violin
Ralph de Souza violin
Garfield Jackson viola
David Waterman cello
Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76, No. 4 ‘Sunrise’
Wolf: Italian Serenade
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2
The final concert in this year’s Seventh Shaldon Festival was given by The Endellion String Quartet. The combination of an excellent acoustic and one of the world’s leading string quartets made the occasion a particularly memorable one. The programme offered was suitably varied, ranging from Haydn to Barber.
The first item, Haydn’s “Sunrise” quartet immediately established the ensemble’s attention to details of style and the high level of communication and understanding among the players. These are particularly required in the late Haydn quartets with their frequent use of antiphony and their exploration of all the combinations of the four instruments. As with all Haydn Quartets, the first violin part is the most demanding, but the ensemble’s leader, Andrew Watkinson, presented his part with style and bravura throughout.
The quartet inserted into their published programme the original string quartet version of Barber’s Adagio, a work they have recorded in its entirety. This was a warm, forward-moving performance in which the viola playing of Garfield Jackson stood out in tone and control of line. It would perhaps have been worthwhile to perform the entire quartet, enabling us to see the famous movement in its proper context, rather than as a classical ‘pop’.
The final item of the first half was Wolf’s Italian Serenade, a one-movement work full of racy salterellos and tarantellas which the players seemed really to enjoy, presenting it with the appropriate sense of dance and humour.
The concert concluded with the immense E minor quartet from Beethoven’s three ‘Rasomovsky’ quartets, a work of great contrasts which the players conveyed effectively, ranging from the rapt concentration of the lengthy ‘adagio’ to the extrovert bravura of the finale.
Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon
VENUESt Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB
CAR PARKING ADVICE
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.
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
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.