The Allegro molto of Beethoven’s Razumovsky Quartet (Op. 59 No. 3) finished Music Toronto’s 2009-2010 season with a bang. The genuine standing ovation received by Tokyo String Quartet is well-deserved. This is the warmest response from a Toronto audience I’ve witnessed this season.

When walking out, I overheard a lady talking with apparent admiration (and a bit guilt) about the physical intensity the four musicians demonstrated in the fugal finale: the exuberance was not only musical, it was also visual. Those musicians exhibited all: their soul, their thoughts, their techniques, and their bodies.

In a sense, we, the audience, became voyeurs of intimate scenes during the concert, and it was such a transcnedental pleasure.

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