FOR the March concert the Society called on the resources of the Sheffield-based Music in the Round and Ensemble 360 for a team of six string players - pairs of violins, cellos and violas.
It began in quartet format playing the Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf, a single movement work, jaunty, rhythmic and full of southern sunshine.
The first string sextet was Op. 48 by Dvorak published in 1879. It is typically tuneful and played with great musicality by these talented performers. The first movement in sonata form is based on a beautiful melody. The two inner movements spring from the folk music tradition.
First, a rather mournful Dumka with its alternating slow/fast sections. This is followed by a Czech-inspired Furiant, played at breathtaking speed and wonderful precision. The Finale is a Theme and five Variations rounded off with a lively Coda, all played with sensitivity and lyricism.
After the interval came the String Sextet No. 1, Op. 18 by Brahms, an early work. The first movement in sonata form is followed by the majestic Theme and Variations which some feel is the throbbing heart of the whole piece. A vigorous and lively Scherzo is followed by the final Rondo. The whole evening’s work was played with stunning musicianship and tightly coordinated ensemble and was enthusiastically applauded by a very appreciative audience. Another successful concert by this enterprising music society.