The Kaznowski Quartet – Haydn, Elgar and Dvorak

Kaznowski String Quartet plays Leighton Library Theatre

The theatre was full on Saturday, 25th January 2014 to hear the Kaznowski Quartet’s recital. Usually Leighton Buzzard Music Club recruits up and coming musicians for its recitals. But this quartet are, resoundingly, already here. They are local musicians. And they are top quality.

The eponymous leader of the quartet is Jan Kaznowski, leader of the Milton Keynes and Cambridge Sinfonias amongst other musical endeavours. David Knight (‘cello) also conducts Milton Keynes Sinfonia and other orchestras TNTM. It was a pleasant change to see him from the front. I usually watch him from behind, putting MK Sinfonia through their paces.  Caroline Waters  (violin) plays chamber music and with orchestras. Martin Gough (viola) has a non-musical day job but is steeped in music – particularly Elgar – and its making.

They began with a seldom heard early Haydn quartet – the D Minor. One of his finest. I was immediately aware of the great balance between the players, the sweet rounded tone they produced and their nimbleness individually and as an ensemble. I overheard warm remarks about this piece in the bar during the interval. There followed Elgar’s ‘Quartet in E Minor’, part of his final blossoming. Hints of a modern angularity combine with his more familiar ‘heroic’ style. The quartet did full justice to both aspects.

The second half comprised Dvořák’s ‘Piano Quintet in A’. For this,  pianist Justin Waters joined the ensemble. He, too, has a non-musical day job, devoting his leisure hours to music.

Dvořák’s Quintet is one of the great Romantic chamber works, full of Czech fire. It wears its heart on its sleeve, beckoning one to enjoy the composer’s passions along with the players. We were suitably seduced.

Glorious chamber music is being produced and enjoyed in and around Leighton Buzzard. Long may it continue!

Judi Moore

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “The Kaznowski Quartet – Haydn, Elgar and Dvorak

  1. I worked with Jan in 1995 on a recoding of a short chamber music CD. The Quartet consisted of Jan, Caroline Waters, David Knight and the since retired, John Shayler. Such fun, and consummate professionals, there is an article about the session at http://www.cedarcd.com with some mazing old photographs of the quartet.

    I have just found the recording on spotify, if anyone listens to classical music on spotify at goo.gl/t0AnqP

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