The Shostakovich 8th quartet is such a powerful piece. As written in the review, our bows had loose strands which happens every time I play it and I believe that's the way to go. Both the Beethoven and Shostakovich are very standard quartet repertoire and I have played them in many occasions but I already miss playing them. Good news is we are going to play the first movement of the Beethoven again on December 2.
The two contemporary pieces by Yui Kitamura and Crisitna Spinei were very different so that gave more variety to the program. The Kitamura is almost like film score (reminds me of those Japanese short drama series' music) and Spinei is minimalism. I personally really like minimalism and I enjoyed playing it. What is minimalism? Let's take a quick peek of my part here (I blurred it for copyright reason):
Our quartet recorded Cristina's work Beautiful Back for dance shows back in May. It was in the same style.