Llyr Williams & Elias Quartet, City Halls, Glasgow

Llyr Williams
The Scotsman

If it reinforced anything, it was the fact that Beethoven was treading new ground from very outset. Look at the visionary distinctiveness of the Op 18 string quartets, two of which - No5 in A and No1 in F - were performed with liberated excitement by the wonderful Elias Quartet. From recent years of working through all Beethoven’s quartets, the Elias have unearthed magical secrets.

Likewise, Llyr Williams’ thoughts on two of the piano sonatas were unique and insightful. Here was something to refresh the much-played “Pathétique - its opening Grave, achingly spacious and teasing, like a gravitational anchor to the fizzing energy of the Allegro con brio; its slow movement melody throbbing with deep set humanity. Then Williams reminded us that the outward straightforwardness of the Op31 No3 sonata is so much more than that in the hands of an enquiring musical brain. 

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