Reviews

  • The Spectator

    22 October 2008

    The young Sacconi Quartet rose wonderfully to such demands with sustained chording of great power and sweetness whose every nuance filled the sizeable space to its edges, creating the illusion of intimate closeness.

  • York Press

    22 March 2008

    The Sacconis have been together barely seven years, but there are wise heads on these young shoulders. Not for them the razzle-dazzle that so often tempts youthful groups. Of course they have solid techniques, but the music, rather than their own personalities, seems always uppermost in their approach.

    The mood was intimate, wonderfully devoid of overstatement. The slow movement was utterly riveting, night music in the Bartok vein. The Sacconis are definitely here for the long term.

  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    22 October 2007

    In Haydn's Op.50 No.1 they maintained an excellent balance and a clear, identical articulation, which developed into a gentle relationship between tension and relaxation by means of many, neatly elaborated details. In a proper English manner, they also made the audience listen carefully to the Beethoven Quartet Op.18 No.4.Dynamically highly sophisticated…it was altogether delicately realized in the Viennese Haydn tradition.

  • The Times

    22 June 2007

    We heard Elgar's String Quartet in E minor, and the Piano Quintet in A minor for which the quartet were joined by Gary Matthewman. Both performances revealed the warmly attuned ensemble of this outstanding young quartet. And they caught to a nicety both the melancholy within Elgar's musical expression of the passage of time, and the impassioned energy of his own composing present. Ben Hancox, the quartet's leader, was accompanied by Matthewman in a movingly perceptive performance of Elgar's E minor Violin Sonata.

  • The Herald

    22 August 2006

    This might be playing with an element of the freshness and impetuosity of youth, but it is also playing with a depth of understanding.

  • Evening Standard

    22 July 2006

    The excellent Sacconi Quartet

  • Musical Opinion

    22 May 2006

    An exceptional ensemble with sharp ears, a unanimous sense of musical breath and a meticulous attention to details.

    Beautifully well-balanced playing, delicate, serious and formal.Enthralling and engaging performance.

The festival sensation, the young Sacconi Quartet completely bowled over a packed audience. The chemistry between these four young players is tangible and magical.The Scotsman
A beautiful blend of sound ... highly engaging.The Times
An exceptional ensemble ... a unanimous sense of musical breath and a meticulous attention to detail.Musical Opinion
A quartet of genuine substance.The Daily Telegraph
Great power and sweetness ... intimate closeness.The Spectator
Enviable technical prowess.The Strad
The finest I have ever heardEdward Clark, British Sibelius Society
A triumphant performanceThe Observer