Scott Chamber Players; Indianapolis Museum of Art Deer Zink Pavilion; Oct. 28
While many Italian composers were concentrating on the all-popular opera in the 1800s, they left the string quartet by the wayside, and that is quite a shame. Thankfully, some composers noticed what was happening and began doing their best to correct that. Ferruccio Busoni’s Sonata in E minor for Violin and Piano, a piece written in memory of a friend, had a profoundly sad and genuine feel to it, no doubt aided by the fine playing of Sylvia Patterson-Scott on piano, and violinist Lisa Scott. The last piece of the afternoon was also very memorable, Ottorino Respighi’s String Quartet in D major. Respighi was a violinist and violist, and he knew what strings were capable of, and that shows in his writing. Beverly Scott, viola, and Perry Scott, cello, had a few duos throughout the piece that were pleasing to the ear; violinists Louise Alexander and Lisa Scott also played exceptionally well, both with technical security and musicality.