One of the best parlor games in the city right now is connecting the dots among the various string quartets that come through under the aegis of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Not long ago, the Juilliard Quartet spent a heavy evening with late Beethoven at the Independence Seaport Museum, sounding pleasantly old-world and in need of renovation - depending on the moment.
The Brentano Quartet's Tuesday night concert at the Perelman Theater was the seventh string quartet appearance in the society's season lineup (10 quartets to go). They were more polished than the Juilliard, less revelatory than the Modigliani or Takács. Does it matter? Only if you, like me, consider relating to a string quartet's personality just slightly less critical than choice of spouse.