JERUSALEM QUARTET DISPLAYS EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTRY AT MANDEL HALL

CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

BY MICHAEL CAMERON

A critic’s task in reviewing performances of standard repertoire is the observation and commentary on the interpretive prowess of the artists on stage. But during the Jerusalem Quartet’s absorbing concert Friday at Mandel Hall, I found myself preoccupied by bigger questions—the sunny surface of a Mozart quartet barely concealing an extraordinary wealth of inventiveness; the dense, uncompromising dissonance of mature Bartók; and the aching passion and resourceful novelty of Schumann’s best music. There is no finer compliment for a performing artist than to have their audience’s attention thoroughly fixated on the creator rather than on themselves.

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