Cuarteto Casals, photo by Jo Schwartz
Influencias: Ravel, Toldrá, Turina (2007)
Debussy/Zemlinsky, Quartets (2005)
Mozart, Early String Quartets and Divertimenti (2005)
Arriaga, Quartets (2003)
Gallant then returned with his oboe for the Mozart oboe quartet in F major (K. 370, from 1781). Written for the Mannheim oboe virtuoso Friedrich Ramm, while Mozart was in Munich working on Idomeneo, it is a daring work. Thomas Gallant has collaborated with many well-regarded chamber groups, including the Kronos, Lark, Calder, and Colorado String Quartets, and it is easy to see why. Gallant's striking technique, combined with careful shaping of lyrical lines, was impressive and even more so on this most difficult piece. The soft, purely intoned high F (the one way off the staff) that concludes the final movement was as pretty as such a note could be on the oboe, and the extremely virtuosic runs, even when they broke into ultra-rapid triplets, were flexible and accurate.
Hopkinson Smith, lute (November 4, 2006)
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba (January 23, 2006)
Musica Alta Ripa (May 10, 2005)
The Cuarteto Casals will play later this month -- parts of this program plus the first Ligeti quartet -- at Carnegie Hall (February 23). The remaining concerts on the Friends of Music subscription series at Dumbarton Oaks this season will feature the Katona Twins (March 2 to 4), two guitar-playing brothers from Hungary, and the French ensemble La Fenice with Jean Tubéry and Spanish soprano Arianna Savall (April 20 to 22). To subscribe to the series, contact Cindy Greene by phone (202-339-6436) or e-mail (GreeneC at doaks dot org). Ionarts is hoping to catch the second one especially.