The Jerusalem Quartet played on Saturday, October 10 at Kalamazoo College’s Stetson Chapel. Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bresler were on violin, Ori Kam was on viola, and Kyril Zlotnikov was on cello.
The Quartet started the concert by playing Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, which was then followed by Bartók’s Sting Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102 BB110, and ended the night with Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, B. 179, Op. 96, “American.”
Haydn’s string quartet started off light and virtuosic and maintained the same mood from the first movement to the last.
This was in great contrast to the Bartók, which sounded incredibly dark, eerie, and anguished. The piece was often chaotic as each part of the quartet went off in a different direction instead of simply staying in harmony as in the Haydn.
Lily Talmers K‘19, a student in attendance, described it as “interesting,” and then added, “The Bartók was Bartók.”
After a quick intermission, the Quartet came out and played, “American” by Dvorák. As the title indicates, the work was heavily influenced by American folk music that Dvorák had learned about while travelling across America. Dvorák fused this American style seamlessly with his Bohemian method of composition, creating a truly fantastic piece.
The eclectic nature of the show was by design according to Daniel Baldwin, the Art Director of the Jerusalem Quartet.
“I wanted to show off this group’s talent and their fluency of all the genres of the music,” Baldwin said.
“It was great,” Megan Healy K’15, another student who attended the concert, said. “The Jerusalem quartet offered a great selection of pieces.”
Talmers enjoyed the cellist Kyril Zlotnikov, whom she found to be “incredibly dynamic.
“But I’m biased because I’m a cellist myself,” Talmers added.