We open the Festival with an extended concert featuring the World Premiere of a brand new work for tenor and string quartet by Jonathan Dove. The text has been taken from a poem by Syrian poet Ali Safar and looks directly and unwaveringly at the plight of the people caught up in the Syrian conflict.
We continue our Dove thread with his spirited quartet ‘Out of time’, which leads us nicely into the dynamic and unmistakable sound landscapes of Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet. We then take a wistful interlude in Elgar’s Serenade and a more solemn reflective moment in Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue. To contrast his solemnity, Mozart’s A major violin concerto performed by Ben Hancox exudes light and joy, with a Turkish finale!
The fantastic Mexican classical guitarist, and a previous collaborator of the Sacconis, Morgan Szymanski is joining us for the late-night slot this year. Join us for a cold cerveza and a vibrant programme of Latin music. The Sacconis will also join him on stage for Boccherini’s famous Fandango Quintet!
Robin Ashwell (viola)
Roger Chase (viola)
Yuko Inoue (viola)
Garfield Jackson (viola)
Douglas Paterson (viola)
Andriy Viytovych (viola)
RCM Viola Quartet:
Lisa Bucknell, Nazli Erdogan, Anastasia Sofina and Natasha Michael
It is rare to have so many violists under one roof! This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the finest players perform a wealth of English gems, all dedicated to the great violist Lionel Tertis.
In our finale concert we set the optimistic tone with Mozart's 'Hoffmeister' Quartet and carry it forward into Jonathan Dove's Piano Quintet, which was conceived during a six-week stay in rural Italy. To finish, the warmth of the glorious Brahms Sextet closes our ninth Sacconi Festival and our celebration of Ensemble.