The Wheel Of 4tunes at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

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THE concert title was dreamt up by the Brodsky Quartet ‘after one drink too many’ – but not only was the spirit willing but the flesh was strong as members played four challenging pieces in the opening concert of Portsmouth Festivities.

A wheel of fortune was used to decide which four of 40 works would be played, and chance decreed that the only unchallenging one for the audience was Piazzolla’s Four For Tango – full of sizzling effects.

That set the standard for quality playing all evening, much of it charged with emotional intensity. Personal favourites were Britten’s late third quartet and Tenebrae by Jewish Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov.

The playing was of the highest order, deserving a better attendance. Perhaps people like to know what they are to get for their money in straitened times.