Usually, the “golden age” of anything can be defined as any time before the present. But for chamber music lovers, this is it, right here, right now. Never before have there been so many ensembles who can not only play the spots off of music formerly forbidden to all but the select few, they do so with a hitherto rare combination of ensemble, tonal beauty and musicality.
Which wise seer (or is it bum steer?) was quoted in the above passage? None other than yours truly, from the very first entry of the NEPR classical blog. And what went then still goes today, almost two years later. Evidence? Tune in for WFCR's classical music at about 1:00 Wednesday afternoon to hear Beethoven's Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (the second of his "Razumovsky" set) played by the subject of both that blog and this one, the Miró Quartet, off the latest release in their "Beethoven Project." We played Op. 59, No. 1 yesterday; we'll play No. 3 tomorrow, and we'll reprise all three next week. Intense, committed, sweeping, detailed, born of both long experience and fresh discovery, this is state-of-the-art Beethoven. And take it from me — they can do it in concert, too. But actually, don't take it from me. Head on down to the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, later this month for a pair of programs featuring the Miró.