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Janácek: String Quartet no 1 & 2; Dvorak: Cypresses / Leipzig String Quartet

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverne," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
>Dvorak, Antonin : Cypresses (Ohlas pisni [Echoes of Songs]), for string quartet (arr. from Cypresses, B. 11), B. 152
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Notes & Reviews:

The almost seventy CDs recorded by the Leipzig String Quartet, including complete recordings of the works of Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Berg, Schonberg, and Webern, have been awarded countless distinctions for their "mature and finely elaborated ensemble culture" (Stereo). Janacek first began occupying himself with chamber music only five years before his death. Leo Tolstoy's 'Kreutzer Sonata' novella, a tragic story of marriage in which Beethoven's famous work of the same name plays an important role, had been his source of inspiration.

BBC Music Magazine
While the powerful gestures in each quartet are grasped unerringly, there are times when the balance is not ideal - notably the nostalgic pizzicato intervention of the second violin in the finale. The Leipzig's readings of Dvorßk's Cypresses, however, are near ideal, imbuing these works with an unexpected depth...



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (02/12/2007-02/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (02/12/2007-02/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Cypresses (Ohlas písní [Echoes of Songs]), for string quartet (arr. from Cypresses, B. 11), B. 152
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (02/12/2007-02/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music