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Protest is fine, but heckling string quartets is crude and insulting

By Jonathan Rée  

Jerusalem String Quartet: shocked and upset

There’s something strangely erotic and incomparably touching about a successful performance of chamber music. The musicians lay themselves open to each other, they make themselves mutually vulnerable, and they do so in a public space. And if the audience is a good one, it will know how to eavesdrop on their music-making without disrupting its intimacy.

String quartets are especially good at it. The variety of effects they get from the dialogues of two violins, viola and…

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