The 36th season of Music in Deerfield began with a concert by the Ariel Quartet at Sweeney Hall of Smith College in Northampton last Saturday, attended by a large and appreciative audience...
A Haydn quartet can feel like an appetizer - nice but perhaps insignificant. The Ariel Quartet, on the other hand, presented op.76 no.1 with vitality, clarity of line, depth of sound and an impeccable sense of direction. The Menuetto: Presto sparkled with imagination (especially from first violinist Alexandra Kazovsky) and although occasionally the ensemble felt top-heavy, the piece was a joy.
Few concerts reach climaxes in the encores. After an hour or two of strenuous playing, it’s certainly not unusual for performers to be reluctant to push themselves too much further. Even if the party pieces unveiled when musicians are called back for more burst with dazzling notes, they often end up being merely pleasant.
Alisa Weilerstein played for the New Orleans Friends of Music on Monday (Feb. 3), and the superstar cellist made it clear that years of international touring, big name collaborators, glowing reviews, and a MacArthur "genius grant" haven't gone to her 31-year-old head. In fact, Weilerstein proved a total team player in an expansive program that paired her with the Ariel Quartet...
The Ariel Quartet has begun a feat that few string quartets have ever attempted. On Thursday, the Ariel – quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – performed the first installment in a complete survey of all 17 of Beethoven’s String Quartets.The Ariel will be the first ensemble to perform “The Cycle” in Cincinnati. And they are doing it all in eight weeks, before its members turn 30.
The Ariel String Quartet brings a unique and intensely courageous spirit to the second in a series of six concerts presenting the entire cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets this season in Sarasota. This is the first time they will have completed the cycle — all before the members reach their 30th birthdays.
How wonderful to be young, on the threshold of a serious, glamorous career in the arts, to be part of a collective of chamber musicians! This is the happy state of the Ariel Quartet, whose members are now enjoying the bloom of professional success. This group, formed in Israel, and currently based in the U.S., has achieved recognition...
Tuesday night's debut of the Ariel String Quartet at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music was a joke -- two jokes, in fact, one by Haydn, one by Beethoven. Specifically, Haydn's Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, subtitled "The Joke," and Beethoven's Op. 135 in F Major, wherein the composer implanted words falsely suggesting the deepest gravity.
One of the best things about seeing younger people take over the classical heritage as their own is the fresh approach and raw energy they bring to the task.
That’s not to say that older musicians are set in their ways and resistant to change. It’s simply to say that when a foursome of twentysomethings takes on thrice-familiar music, they can bring a sense of commitment and discovery to the works that renews and invigorates them.
At the end of the opening of the Fontana Chamber Arts 2006 Summer Music Festival Wednesday night, there was no doubt that the Ariel Quartet was the star of the evening. That was no easy feat, as the concert, given at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, contained performances by three other notable ensembles as well. Yet the Ariel Quartet was the clear audience favorite in the sold-out Cooper's Glen Auditorium, where all the music was played.