The Sinopia Quartet – a review by David McEwan

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‘Melody is the essence of music,’ so wrote Mozart.

The truthfulness of this was proved at the recent Kintyre Music Club concert last Friday.

The Sinopia Quartet – two violins, viola and cello – delighted its audience with the works of just three composers – Bartók, Borodin and Dvořák.

Bartók was a Hungarian who was a keen collector of folk melodies. The astringent harmonies, for which he was famous, underpinned six short Romanian folk dances with great effect.

This piece was followed by Borodin’s famous 2nd Quartet.

The melody forming part of the slow movement was used in the famous 1955 musical Kismet.

Borodin, a Russian, was a doctor and chemist by profession and composed music in his spare time. The second quartet revealed his total mastery of composition.

After the interval the audience was treated to Dvořák’s ‘American’ quartet. This was a piece bursting with fine tunes and boundless energy.

With the players providing helpful information about the pieces, this concert was felt to be one of the best of the season.

It proved the point that careful programme-planning incorporating plenty of good tunes usually sends everyone away happy.

The players hands and arms are a blur as they play Bartók’s fast dance Maruntelul. 25_c07Sinopia01_Kintyre_Music_Club

Lorne and Lowland Old Church Hall was quite warm and Sinopia players had to tune-up regularly. 25_c07Sinopia02_Tune_up