A fiery start to the new season at Wigmore Hall
Wow! What a start to the new season! There'd been quite a buzz about the young string quartet Meta4 from Finland but it was my first time experiencing them live. It was a performance of Shostakovich's 4th Quartet which blew us away, fiery, passionate, and troubled yet played with such depth and conviction. These four young musicians are fabulous communicators; individually each one is a great performer but the teamwork brought forth a beautiful sound and intensity.
They captivated the audience, standing to perform right at the front of the stage and the cheers which went up at the end of the piece were rightly deserved. One member of the audience said to me afterwards "you've got the best job in the world", and yesterday that was certainly true. No wonder I look forward to my Wigmore Mondays when everything comes together: this great building with its history of memorable performances going back over so many years, and programming which brings together the stars of today with the names of the future. And just for the record, violinist Minna Pensola goes straight to the top of the 'shoes of the series' chart.
Fiona Talkington is a presenter at BBC Radio 3
- The concert will be repeated on Saturday at 1400 or you can listen again on the Radio 3 web site for the next 5 days.
- There's a fascinating video from Fiona on the Radio 3 web site explaining how the lunchtime concerts are made (scroll down to the bottom of the page) and the Wigmore Hall's web site has a full programme for the season.
- Meta4 are part of Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme.
- The pictures were taken during Meta4's morning rehearsal by Steve Bowbrick.