While it is safe to say that all musical roads do not pass through Reston, the Euterpe Chamber Players' concert at the Reston Community Center Theatre last night offered a good reason for making a detour there.
Featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the group performed as if under the watchful gaze of its Muse, Euterpe. Just as she serves as the inspiration for music and lyric verse, so their playing combined immaculate ensemble musicianship with poetry.
Mozart's Quartet No. 2 for Oboe in F Major, K. 370, with Rudolph Vrbsky as guest artist, was a model of airiness and grace with a judicious amount of frivolity. Despite some shrillness in the oboe's upper register, Vrbsky negotiated the florid passages in the rondo with ease.
Bohuslav Martinu's engaging Quartet mixed contemporary and traditional styles in the form of mild dissonances and swelling minor melodies.
The Euterpians reserved the real fireworks for Brahms' popular Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25. Violinist Lev Pekarsky and cellist Frederick Zenone missed none of the work's passion, boldly declaiming the brooding phrases in the first movement and the dancing modal melodies of the rondo. Pianist Arlene Portney kept the strings in balance, exerting restraint and power as the music demanded.