By Jenna Salisbury
On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel, the Belcea String Quartet returned to Union for its fifth ever performance.
This concert was the first in a sequence of performances that make up the Union College Concert Series.
The quartet performed once again at Union to open the season for the concert series.
Memorial Chapel was singing with the voices of two violins accompanied by one cello and one viola for all members of the community to hear.
The adroit musicians behind the instruments are known as The Belcea String Quartet.
The British quartet is comprised of violinists Corina Belcea, Axel Schacher and Krzysztof Chorzelski and cellist Antoine Lederlin.
The Belcea String Quartet serves as the resident quartet for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
It is there that the talented members of the Belcea String Quartet teach chamber music.
The quartet serenaded the audience with a variety of intriguing and beautiful compositions of world-renowned historical musicians Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.
Each composition was comprised of four movements.
The concert opened with Mozart’s Quartet in F Major, K. 590.
The first movement of the piece, Allegro Moderato, contained instances of expressive outbursts interrupted by spouts of light finger plucking, barely audible to the audience.
The following movement, Andante, contrasted to its predecessor in that both the tempo and volume died down significantly.
However, by the end of the piece, it transitioned into a dancelike, cheerful tune.
The second composition, Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3, by Beethoven, was characterized by its constant legato and graceful leaps between notes.
The entire movement was, with the exception of its first movement, Allegro, a type of music commonly defined by its off-beat accents and powerful pulse.
Last, but certainly not least, was Schubert’s Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, Rosamunde.
The piece begins melancholy but, by its finale, it flourished into a rich, light-hearted sonata.
The Belcea String Quartet’s performance served as a pleasurable experience for Union students and Schenectady locals, as well.
Look out for future performances in the Union College Concert Series.