Take a close look at our SA Chamber Music logo: see the swirl? Thanks to the Aeolus Quartet, who performed a concert for us last Sunday, January 22, the swirl makes perfect sense to me. Like the Nike “swoosh” signifies speed and aerodynamics, the swirl is a wrap-around sound of beautiful music. Now I’m not saying the Mozart Adagio and Fugue weren’t close to musical perfection, and I love almost anything Aaron Copeland ever wrote, but the Barber Quartet and the Schumann Quartet were pure – well – swirl. These very young, very talented musicians created a Temple-filling swirl of sound that was really glorious.
These four who comprise the Aeolus have already made their musical mark in the concert halls of the world. Only nine years old, they are reaching the top of quartet glory. They use American-made instruments – most of which are even younger than they – and they create a sound that can only be described as luxurious. When they performed the Barber, I thought, “I know what he meant.” I’ve heard that second movement, the “Molto Adagio,” many times, but this time I really listened. And it was beyond solemn.
These four who comprise the Aeolus have already made their musical mark in the concert halls of the world. Only nine years old, they are reaching the top of quartet glory.
As for the Schumann, which Mr. Tavani said they had only performed in concert four times, well it was one of those performances you’d hope would never end. Pure swirl. It’s amazing that four very young musicians could understand the ideas and feelings of a Nineteenth Century master. Much of what we consider “classical music” – that is, music composed in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries – is appreciated as beautiful, inspiring, uplifting and even thought-provoking, but Schumann’s composition as interpreted by Aeolus was all of that plus ethereal. I kept thinking, “I wonder if they had a chance to chat with Schumann. They seem to understand what he was saying.” (Did I mention that I’m a big Schumann fan?)
So I hope you enjoyed that Aeolus concert as much as I did and will continue to enjoy the swirl that SA Chamber Music offers. There are two more opportunities to experience it: February 26 (Les Amies Trio) and April 23 (Calmus Ensemble). And don’t forget you can use any of this season’s tickets or bonus tickets to bring a friend or two who could use a good swirl!
– E Doyle