After attending a mayoral forum hosted by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, later yesterday evening at Edmonton City Hall I had the pleasure of hearing for a second time the Enterprise Quartet’s second programme of its season. The quartets played were Haydn’s Op. 50/1 and Mozart’s K. 575. The level of composition is exceptional and meticulous. Haydn would have been 55 and had already composed some three dozen quartets. Mozart was only two years from his death, and had already composed twenty works of this type. Haydn had returned to the form of the string quartet, which is essentially his invention, after a period of six years. Both of the programmed quartets are from sets dedicated to the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm II, who, although politically indolent, was a patron of the arts and of architectural projects such as the Brandenburg Gate. His being an amateur cellist explains the many felicitous touches written for that instrument in both of the quartets played.
The Enterprise Quartet continues to make an exceptional contribution to the artistic life of Edmonton. The breadth of its repertoire is equally exceptional. It includes quartets of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. The musicianship of the players is impeccable. The Quartet warrants, and deserves, a larger audience. Details on its fall season are found here.