Things I noticed while listening/watching: such economy of motion producing such an intense, bejeweled sound! The violinists' bow arms were in perfect sync (not just the bowing, but the degree to which they were using pinkie pressure, length of bow, etc.) The quartet really looked and sounded like one seamless organism. Physically they looked amazingly relaxed. Their stands were really low and they seemed to lean forward into the music, almost diving in. I'm sure they were making eye contact but it wasn't always super obvious. Still, one organism.
I studied with them (chamber music with the quartet; lessons with Serena, the second violinist) for a bit in college and it was fun to go backstage afterwards and reconnect...but I was still feeling so gobsmacked by the purity of the whole performance that it was hard not to just sound like an idiot.
Anyway, they're performing this concert again later this spring in St. Paul, and Bartok in a number of places. They were our idols back in the 90s and 25 years later, still incredible. Go see them if you can.
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