Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dover Quartet a First-Rate Show

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dover Quartet a First-Rate Show

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The Dover Quartet is one of the most lauded string quartets of the new generation, acclaimed not just for its accomplished playing but also for its innovative programming and imaginative interpretations.

In an offbeat and varied concert that opened Chamber Music Pittsburgh's season at Oakland's Carnegie Music Hall Sunday afternoon, the Dover musicians - violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Camden Shaw - quickly established their credentials in Haydn's fragmentary String Quartet in D Minor (Op. 103).

What Haydn composed and then abandoned comprises two middle movements of a never-completed string quartet. In the present rendition, the andante grazioso was sweet toned and precise; the minuet was incisive and characterized by dynamic contrasts and gradations between soft and loud. These qualities, along with a prevalent sense that each member had complete control of his or her instrument, would pervade the entire event.

But that was not all. The concert also showcased guest artist and composer Edgar Meyer, arguably the No. 1 double bass soloist on the scene today. Mr. Meyer first showed his chops as a performer, joining cellist Shaw in Rossini's Duet for Cello and Double Bass, an utterly captivating three-movement sonata-like piece that is quite unlike anything else in the repertory.

Their performance was an exercise in virtuosity but also a gleeful display of humor and the joy of doing the thing they love best. Whether accompanying the cellist in a thumpy rhythmic foundation or going out on brief bouts of his own, Mr. Meyer was a jovial partner to the equally vital Mr. Shaw. For his part, the cellist aurally embodied with equal flair, as the music demanded from him, a bel canto diva proclaiming lyrical melodies, or an impish prankster in the best opera buffa manner. …

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