Nicholas Yonge Society

Chamber Music in Lewes

26th October 2012

Beethoven Septet in Eb, Opus 20
Schubert Octet in F, D803

Aurora Ensemble & Sacconi Quartet in performance

The combined forces of the Sacconis and the Auroras made a fine start to the new NYS season with two good-tempered works from the early romantic period.   These are groups of young but highly skilled musicians (not a grey hair in sight!) achieving the very high standards we have come to expect.

Opening with the Beethoven septet the players quickly established a close rapport and understanding of this entertaining work, projecting their obvious pleasure in the music.   Likewise the Schubert octet was performed with apparent ease and graceful flexibility.  The sets of variations used by both composers gave all the players the chance to shine both individually and as a united team, though perhaps special mention should be made of Andrew Mason’s brilliant clarinet playing which included some melting pianissimos.   The large audience was fully rewarded for braving the chilly October weather to hear such an excellent concert.

Reviewer: Sylvia Coward
Photographer: David James