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It is appropriate that our first concert at the Isabel celebrates some of Canada’s emerging talents who will be sure to be a part of the Isabel’s future. Although still in the early stages of their careers, Maxim Bernard and Afiara Quartet have already played some of the finest halls in North America including The Maison symphonique de Montreal, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Maxim Bernard and Afiara perform works by Ravel, Schumann and the Dvorak.
[Bernard played] the Schumann Concerto in A minor with a profound poetry and imagination and although he respected the tempo marking "Allegro affettuoso" he seemed to see this not as the ability to deploy pianistic fireworks but rather as an invitation to lyricism.
The slower, more rhythmically free passages—the kind in which young quartets can easily go off the rails—displayed the [Afiara’s] remarkable sonic blend and heartbeat-synced ensemble attack.