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The Sequel – It’s All About the Bass

Manchester Camerata return to Manchester Cathedral with Gabor Tackacs-Nagy and the virtuoso accordion player Martynas Levickis.

Celebrated RSC actor David Fielder started proceedings by his haunting narration of the prose-poem Company by Samuel Beckett preceding each of the 4 movements of Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2 arranged for the full Camerata string section.

Martynas and his accordian took the stage for the Piazzolla, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, which developed nicely and the introductions by Gabor always make for an enjoyable listed even to pieces that you haven’t had the pleasure of before.

After the break we were treated to Part’s Festina Lente which meant we had the beautiful sound of the harp echoing around the Cathedral.

The finale was Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 again introduced by Gabor who told us the story of how Dvorak cut short his family holiday to return home in order to commit to paper the Czech folk music inspired piece.

So, why is “It all about the Bass”?  Well it is quite simple really - from my vantage point I had the most amazing view of the two Double Bass players: James Mason and Richard Waldock.  Their skill, versatility, mastery of their instrument and ability to build the complex rhythms of the 4 parts of the Glass piece was simply exceptional.  So often it is the violin, cello or specialist soloist such as Martynas that take the plaudits, so I want to conclude this very short blog by saying to James and Richard that while the Camerata were at their very best, you were my personal highlight of the evening – good job boys!

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