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Informacion - Alicante, 15.10.2007


It is not an exaggeration to describe the concert last Monday as perfection.  Judge for yourself: good music by a variety of three classic Russian composers, excellent interpreters and, to complete the evening, wonderful instruments.

Kopelman, first violin, played a Guadagnini of 1773, Kuschnir no less than a Stradivarius La Rouse Boughton of 1703, Sulyga a viola by Mantegazza of 1780 and Milman a violoncello by David Tecchler, made in Rome in 1722.  So, whatever they chose to say in their playing, they showed dazzling musicality from beginning to end.  Yes, an evening of very appropriate music to satisfy the most demanding.

Alexander Borodin wrote two string quartets, the second of great fame, which was what we heard and we felt , a work written in 1881, very melancholic and elegantly composed.  Above all, the emphasis is on the third movement, the notturno, with that fabulous conversation of violin and violoncello and a theme of great melodic beauty, melancholy and lyrical.  The interpretation was finely wrought and passionate, exactly as it should be.

The music of Borodin is gorgeous, but a piece no less beautiful is the string quartet no 8 of Shostakovich, in this case played astonishingly.

Not in vain was Kopelman a member of the Borodin Quartet, which has left us one of the best recordings - made for the Virgin label - of the quartets of the great composer of St Petersburg.  The quality, the finesse, the ferocity of the allegro molto, the melancholy and even the harmonic force which is the essence of the work were all brought together faithfully to shape this work.

In the second part, the string quartet no 2 by Tchaikovsky, a gorgeous piece in four movements, much criticised when first heard, but greatly innovative.  Nothing was missing in Kopelman’s group, in the style of the Borodin.

An interpretation of extraordinary quality, followed by an exceptional encore, the andante cantabile of the string quartet no 1, also by Tchaikovsky, so expressive and aesthetically pleasing and at the same time cathartic, above all one of the great moments of Russian music, which brought the evening to a brilliant end.


David Garrido