Review: Exciting last movement brought an imaginatively planned evening to a close

The Jubilee String Quartet. Picture by Robert Piwko

The Jubilee String Quartet. Picture by Robert Piwko

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JUBILEE STRING QUARTET, LEAMINGTON MUSIC, Jan 30

Jubilee last played for Leamington Music in Jubilee year.

But, that is not why they took the name. No, the thinking was more pragmatic – in 2006 when they formed at the Royal Academy they all lived close to the Jubilee Line.

Almost a decade later they are in much demand and are recent winners of a host of competitions with an entry in the 2015 Royal Overseas League competition in early March.

Their line up has changed with Paula Muldoon, ex-Guildhall, guesting in place of Alma Olite. The change did not impact their performance of Bartok’s String Quartet No 3 – an intelligent, well led one by Tereza Privratska - and for many the highlight of the evening.

Recent visiting successes, Zemlinsky, Stile Antico and She’Koyokh have witnessed increased attendances and Jubilee rewarded a good house with Mozart’s 22nd a very late one, his penultimate quartet.

The larghetto, with its stunning melody line, gave Muldoon a chance to settle in whilst keeping a watchful eye on Privratska. An early Mendelssohn quartet, No 2 in A minor Opus 13 required another intelligent lead, strong cello contributions and at times, a light touch, most particularly in the intermezzo.

This format continued in the exciting last movement, presto, bringing an imaginatively planned and ultimately rewarding evening to a close.

Rating 9/10

By Clive Peacock