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HERITAGE OF THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET

The present members of the Allegri String Quartet are the inheritors of a tradition that began nearly fifty years ago when four remarkably talented players (Eli Goren, James Barton, Patrick Ireland and William Pleeth) came together to create inspired performances of the great classical and romantic chamber music repertoire.

Peter Carter, leader for 25 years, and his younger colleagues, Pál Banda, Dorothea Vogel and Rafael Todes, bring to the Quartet a wealth of chamber music experience from around the world, and the Allegri's distinctive personality continues to evolve. In The Times, Richard Morrisson summed up the progress of this evolution as follows "The "first-generation" Allegri players could be beguiling when the music required: it's hard to recall quartet-playing more ravishing than that which they supplied on Barbirolli's recording of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro.

But as other recordings demonstrate, their chief characteristic was not tonal beauty or exceptional precision, but a questing and inexhaustible intelligence: a determination to prise open the music's heart, even at some cost to beauty. Fifty years on, that approach is just as apparent."

 

 


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