For three of the members of the Lyric Piano Quartet, Sunday's concert in Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre was a kind of homecoming, since each had at some point called Los Angeles home.
And what a homecoming it was. The quartet offered not only stunning accuracy and faultless precision of ensemble, but also spellbinding intensity, incandescent passion and soaring lyricism.
The heavily Romantic agenda afforded many opportunities for these qualities. Faure's G-minor Quartet, full of sudden changes of mood, proved an effective vehicle for the New-York based ensemble to convey an usually wide expressive range. It also showcased the warmth and sensitivity with which violinist Glenn Dicterow, violist Karen Dreyfus, cellist James Kreger and pianist Gerald Robbins perform.
Dicterow, local listeners will recall, served as the Philharmonic's associate concertmaster (later the word associate was dropped) under Zubin Mehta and in 1980 joined the New York Philharmonic as concertmaster.