Friday evening saw to a change of location from Von Kuster Hall to St. Paul`s Cathedral. The blistering heat of the venue was stifling and incredibly sweat-inducing, surely a great challenge for players to endure. Though faces were stained with the sweat of arduous determination, each performance was successfully accomplished with great musicality and stamina.
The brass quintet provided a great variety of styles from composers Holborne, Bach, and Gabrieli. Their stentorian sound ever the more powerful in the grand vastness of the cathedral.
Philip Glass` fifth string quartet, though possessing a repetitive structure, was nonetheless very entertaining to listen to and performed with great vitality and core sound.
Written with specific musicians in mind, the Nielsen Wind Quintet had catching discourse between instruments, perhaps portraying the characteristics of the players he based his composotion upon.
A breathtaking performance, the Dvořák String Quintet was amazingly inspirational and beautifully performed. Though the writing had, as did the Glass, many repeated themes, each performer contributed a great sense of spirit and verve, constructing a very brilliant rendition of the piece.
[ Christian Julien | Steve Donegan | Vladislav Kalinichenko | Daniel Mills | Julien Simard | - Anthony Holborne, Dances & Bach, Contrapunctus no. 1 & Giovanni Gabrieli, Canzona Prima a 5 | Boris Ulanowicz, Meagan Turner | Rosalind Zhang | Matt Antal | - Philip Glass, String Quartet no. 5 | Julie Potvin-Turcotte | Nicholas Kerr-Barr | Joshua Wood | - Carl Nielsen, Wind Quintet | Blake Pouliot, Nora Schreckenschläger | Hugo Rinfret | Cameron Crozman, Catherine Gray | Blake, Nora, Hugo, Cameron, Catherine – Dvořák, String Quintet op. 77 ]