Saturday 23 June saw the participation of the ProMuzika Ensemble from Malta. This group is made up of well-established musicians who have also made a name for themselves as very respected soloists, namely, Sarah Spiteri (violin/leader), Nemanja Ljubinkovic (violin), Matthew Fenech (viola) and Lucie Kucharova (cello).
Sarah Spiteri has years of experience both in violin performance and also as educator. In fact, this last aspect to her multi-faceted career came to the fore when she presented the works the group were going to perform. Speaking with confidence and assurance, she reached out to the audience in a very natural way and set a mood of casualness and ease which prevailed throughout the very enjoyable evening.
Starting with Dvořák’s little-knDvořákown 2 Waltzes op.54 no.1, the recital took off in style. The wonderful melodies one has come to associate with Dvořák came out in all their melancholy, sparkle and lightness. Next came Josef Suk’s charming Minuet for String Quartet. This work is written as a piece on its own and does not form part of a larger work. Piquancy and charm are the hallmarks of this miniature and here the ensemble brought to the fore the many dynamic nuances of the piece.
The major work of the evening was Dvořák massive Quartet in F Major op.96 no.12, better known as the American. Constructed in four movements, each with its own little story, this work unfolded with nonchalance, charm and brilliance. The ensemble showed their true mettle in the delicate contrapuntal structures, the assured tone and the affinity of understanding that prevailed throughout.
This was indeed a thoroughly enjoyable evening, one in a series of string quartets and trios which have regaled audiences throughout this wonderful Festival!