Calder Quartet with guests Anne-Marie McDermott, piano, and Geoff Nuttall, violin

Anne-Marie McDermott
Peninsula Reviews

By Roger Emanuels 

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, the Calder Quartet appeared at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose in yet another collaborative program with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and violinist Geoff Nuttall. Following their Bartok program in San Francisco just days before, here they offered a very different menu of Mozart and late 19th century French composers Ravel and Chausson. The String Quartet by Ravel was the only standard quartet on the concert. The other two works were written as concertos for solo instruments.

Pianist McDermott was a sensation in Mozart’s Concerto No. 13, K.415, one of three she has recorded with the Calder. Composed at a happy time in Mozart’s early life it has an optimistic exuberance that fits McDermott well. Why a concerto on a chamber music program? It appears that Mozart composed three such works that he enjoyed performing with string quartet, though he also provided optional wind parts at the request of his publisher. This is how it is usually performed to