A FIVE STAR review for the Doric String Quartet’s performance at Melbourne Recital Centre on 11 June.
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“It’s always a thrill to see musicians of this calibre pull out all the stops, but it was the judicious restraint and expressive flexibility of this account that brought it so vividly to life. A masterclass in ego-free virtuosity, the Doric revealed a wonderful sense of wit and whimsy, with the work's "gotcha" false ending as close to wink-made-music as I’ve ever heard.
The best chamber ensembles share a unanimous intent, but the level of unity within the Doric seemed nothing short of telepathic during their performance of Schubert’s mammoth Quartet No 15 in G major.
This emotionally complex rendering implicitly understood the tension between the epic and intimate, channelled through this work's restless reinventions and major-minor tug-of-war.
It may have been only the second public outing of Brett Dean’s extraordinary new quartet, Hidden Agendas, but the Doric tamed its ferocious technical demands with seeming ease.”