Just after their Folkestone Festival and an appearance on Radio 3’s In Tune, the Sacconi Quartet (Ben Hancox and Hannah Dawson, violins; Robin Ashwell, viola; Cara Berridge, cello), came to Devizes for the first time – well not quite for the first time – Ben introduced the quartet by saying that Robin had his wedding reception in the Town Hall!
They opened Thursday's performance with a polished Haydn quartet.
It was noticeable that they played with a mutual understanding and synchronisation , that seemed at times like telepathy, and a great physical movement – always to me a good sign.
Next, a rare event for the festival, a live composer Paul Patterson introduced his own work, commissioned specially for the Sacconi.
Dances for Thaxted took us on a world trip (America, Australia, the Middle East, Italy, UK) of genres, moods and colours, that exemplified the quartet’s versatility.
At times it was ‘spot the reference and musical joke’. I particularly loved the variations on Waltzing Matilda, and I expect that most Australians would too.
Finally another contrast, Beethovan’s String Quartet in A Minor, brilliantly executed, one commentator said ‘sublime’.
Beethoven never ceases to amaze, uplift and revitalize and the Sacconis did not disappoint.
The CDs that they brought along sold out. Enough said.