Escher String Quartet - Vassar College, Skinner Hall - November 6, 2016
The quartet program included works by Mozart, Bartók, and then a quintet (add Crow’s piano) of Dvorák. (Sorry Anton, all those different accents available, but not the correct one for your “o”!) Somehow I got the start time incorrect, and arrived so late that I missed the first piece (sorry Wolfgang!). I stood in the back for the high priority Bartók (string quartet #2), sublime. It was composed during the first world war, and had a melancholy wtf vibe that I find common to pieces created under such circumstances of duress. Finally got a seat for the quintet after intermission. Two sketches of the complete ensemble were on facing pages in the book, combined here for a composite.