When I arrived at Wigmore Hall, I was surprised at the size of it – I expected it to be really big, but it was much smaller than I had imagined. However, this in a way made the concert more personal.
The Matteo Quartet, formerly the Esher Quartet, started the concert with Beethoven’s String quartet in F minor. It started off with an opening unison bar, played together at their loudest, which proved to return later on in more sing-song parts. I think this loud and confident beginning really awoke the audience, and caught our attention bringing us along with them on the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed listening as well as watching all the players, including the incredibly enthusiastic 1st violin player! The second movement, started beautifully by the cello, continued to chop and change – with contrasting harsh fast passages next to song like lyrical parts which was brought alive throughout all the movements.