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Joined by Eugenia Zuckerman - Jasper Quartet bring plenty of talent to Tannery Pond Concerts / Albany Times Union

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While the big headline music festivals do their thing every summer, Tannery Pond Concerts offers an intimate alternative. The sunset views from the grounds of the Darrow School never fail to inspire awe. In the converted Shaker barn that serves as a concert hall, the wood paneled surfaces lend the feeling of being inside the string instruments as they're played on the small stage. Members of the Jasper Quartet already had all that going for them before they ever came out. But they also brought plenty of talent, plus guest flutist Eugenia Zuckerman for two selections. The program was varied and satisfying.

Beethoven's Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6 was played with a generally bright tone and appropriate gusto. It's a relatively early work by the composer, but the dark clouds of his later years make more than a passing appearance. The slow and heavy "Malinconia" section of the final movement felt abstract and surreal. When the writing returns to a sprightly theme, the juxtaposition was rather comic. After Beethoven's take on darkness, Arthur Foote's gentle "Night Piece" for flute and quartet came off as closer to twilight than midnight. Nevertheless, it was a nice opportunity to hear something from this early 20th century New England composer. Foote gave the solo flute a serene and wandering line that Zuckerman played with a modest and pleasant tone.

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