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The Scotsman Review

THE KOPELMAN QUARTET    QUEEN'S HALL *****  25.08.03

It is almost impossible to believe that the Kopelman  Quartet  has only been in existence for one year. Every hallmark of distinguished musicianship was integral to their Queen's Hall performance on Saturday morning. But these four  sober-faced graduates of the Moscow Conservatory are carrying the torch of a hallowed tradition that has included 20 years as leader of the Borodin Quartet  for first violin Mikhail Kopelman.

In Schubert's unfinished Quartettsatz, as with the same composer's Death and the Maiden quartet  , the Kopelman's  lustrous sound was strong and decisive, swooping from tender lyricism to bursts of fiery passion. Technically brilliant, there is great humanity in the finesse of their playing. Even Death and the Maiden, a staple of the repertoire, bristled with constant renewal, with the final tarantella bringing it to a thrilling conclusion.

Tchaikovsky's E flat minor Op 30 is on the lengthy side, but the Kopelman  shifted imperceptibly through its expressive moods - lithesome and agile one moment, frenzied or sombre the next.

Carol Main, The Scotsman