A beautiful blend of soundhighly engaging --The Times
The Sacconi Quartet's performance,aided by a rich recorded sound,is ideal:quietly intense without resorting to sentimentality. Performance ****(*) Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Oct'11
The distinctive and passionate sound of Romantic Czech music is gloriously showcased in this new disc by the Sacconi Quartet. The new recording is released on the Quartets own label, Sacconi Records. It contains works by three prodigious Bohemian composers all of whom were featured in the outstanding 2010 Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, entitled Tales of Bohemia. The Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn, Saint Wenceslas by Josef Suk is a largely undiscovered gem; a work of great power and presence. Suk, the student and later son-in-law of Antonín Dvoák, wrote the short, hauntingly beautiful piece at the outbreak of the First World War. Bedich Smetanas String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, From My Life is one of the great autobiographical works. Written at the end of the composers life when he was completely deaf, it is a deeply personal work reflecting a life tinged with tragedy and sadness. The String Quartet No. 12 in F major, opus 96, American by Antonín Dvoák is a wonderful work full of soul as well as joyous themes. It is firmly established as one of the best-loved quartets in the repertoire. The Sacconi Quartet is one of the UK's leading string quartets. Since its formation at the Royal College of Music in 2001, it has established a secure and substantial reputation. The Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, performing with style and commitment and consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Its four founder members demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. Over the past decade they have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at Londons major venues, in recordings and radio broadcasts.