EVIDENT from the first note in Penny Quartet’s Ballarat performance was the relationship each musician had with their instruments and, importantly, with each other.
In a Haydn quartet, the cello had a conversation with the viola, which was then answered by one of the violins. The whispers grew to stirring resolution. A Peter Sculthorpe composition challenged the concept of a traditional string quartet. Strings were plucked, bows used as drum sticks and the strings scratched to sound like birds. The dexterity of the musicians was truly amazing.
Penny Quartet, featuring Ballarat’s Anthony Chataway on viola, were hosted by Friends of the Cathedral, at Ballarat Anglican Cathedral.
– Fiona Watson, Friends of the Cathedral