|German Boy Band: The Vogler Quartet|
I was just in time to catch the last item of the Vogler Quartet's concert at the Curtis Auditorium in Cork on Thursday, a Dvorak piano quintet with pianist Elisaveta Blumina.
But this work made for one of those memorable evenings that made you feel glad to be there to hear it. and believe for these moments at least, that the very best thing in the musical world is a string quartet. Better still, one augmented by a piano.
So what was the wow factor in this performance for it most certainly was a wow? That these fellas can play is a given at this level. Rather it was the blend of sound that seemed as near perfect as I have heard and the youthful enthusiasm and apparent delight they took in their task as they exchanged smiles at sunny moments in the work, The German ensemble have a slightly tousled boyish air about them and hard to believe that they are playing together for nearly three decades. The group anchor an annual music festival in Sligo on May Bank Holiday and have had some interesting collaborations and I include a video on one below.
The hall was packed to near capacity with a pleasant mix of age groups. There were many musicians in the audience with members of the teaching staff and their students well represented at the evening hosted by the Cork Orchestral Society.
In one of those strange coincidences, the name Vogler cropped in conversation later in the Hi B Bar where Francis from Munich was tickling the ivories, Vogler's Jazz Club being a great jazz spot in Bavarian capital. He plays from Wednesday to Saturday evenings in the Hi B but more on Francis in a future post.