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Minetti Quartett puts on impressive show

Concert Review

Senior Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 14:04

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The Vermont Cynic JONATHAN POLSON

Bozena Angelova, Anna Knopp, Milan Milojicic and Lenorad Roczek perform April 7.

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The Vermont Cynic JONATHAN POLSON

Milan Milojicic performs April 7.

Minetti Quartett charged the UVM Music Building Recital Hall with incredible energy on Sunday, April 7 as a part of the Lane Series’ 2012-2013 performance season.

Hailing from Austria, this vibrant quartet features Božena Angelova and Anna Knopp on violin, Milan Milojicic on viola and Leonhard Roczek on cello. 

Minetti Quartett has established itself as a preeminent chamber music ensemble, gracing stages and participating in festivals all over the globe. 

Since they won the Haydn Award at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna in 2003, the quartet has gone on to win more important prizes than any other chamber music ensemble

Sunday’s program started off with Béla Bartók’s exciting String Quartet No. 4. 

The audience seemed particularly captured by the fourth movement, during which the musicians used a plucking rather than bowing technique, creating a unique sound.

The quartet played with such vivacity that strings from Roczek’s bow broke on several occasions throughout the performance.

After the intermission, renowned pianist Andreas Klein joined the quartet for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414. 

This Classical concerto provided a lovely contrast to Bartok’s 20th century string quartet.

All five musicians brought a wide range of musical tones and colors to the performance, but pianist and UVM junior Kayo Nagai said that she particularly enjoyed Klein’s addition to the program.

“He is calm and sophisticated, and he never forces music on the audience. It’s like the music just happens” Nagai said.

Minetti Quartett closed the program with Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky,” building to a breathtaking finish in the final movement.

In addition to the superior virtuosity of each individual musician, Minetti Quartett stands out for their precision, attention to detail and incredible ability to move in perfect harmony with the music and with one another. 

In the words of Austrian newspaper Die Presse, “They are top musicians with spirit and dedication who charge the music of the Classical and Romantic periods with energy for the new millennium.” 

The Lane Series presents a wide variety of renowned artists every season and offers discounts to UVM students. Visit uvm.edu/laneseries for more information.

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