Performances Reviews

Ligeti Quartet at London’s Steiner Recital Hall Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

To paraphrase Stravinsky, great composers don’t borrow, they steal. “Morphs and Magpies” was the theme of the Ligeti Quartet’s concert given at the Steiner Recital Hall in London on February 17, and the programme displayed some unrepentant thieves. This already much-praised British-based string quartet (Mandhira de Saram, violin 1; Patrick Dawkins, violin 2; Richard Jones, viola; Val Welbanks, cello) was founded in 2010. They have made their US debut, are in residence at a couple of UK universities and are supported by the City Music Foundation. Like the Kronos Quartet–their mentors and most obvious musical ancestors–they are contemporary music specialists interested in cross-genre collaborations, and this programme was an excellent showcase for their versatility.