Sacconi String Quartet

Sunday 25 March 2018: 3.00pm
Sacconi String Quartet
Works by Haydn, Janácek & Dvorák

Martineau Hall at the Dorking Halls
Tickets £20

Photo: Emilie Bailey



Haydn String Quartet Op.54 No.3

Janácek String Quartet No.2, Intimate Letters

Dvorák String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 American


Ben Hancox Violin
Hannah Dawson Violin
Robin Ashwell Viola
Pierre Doumenge* Cello

In the final concert of their series, the Czech theme comes to the fore with two works. Dvorák’s American quartet is one of his most-loved pieces. It is a cheerful work, full of melody and infectious rhythms, probably influenced by negro songs that Dvorák had heard while living in America, but it also expresses his nostalgia for his homeland.
Janácek’s quartet, Intimate Letters, is a highly emotional and passionate piece, reflecting the composer’s ardent friendship, in his sixties, with a much younger woman. The same surge of late creativity inspired his delightful opera The Cunning Little Vixen and the Sinfonietta. The programme opens with a quartet that Haydn wrote for a violinist friend.


*  Replacing Cara Berridge who is on maternity leave.