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Janacek: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 / Arianna String Quartet

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>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverne," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13

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
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
It's the first recording of the two Janacek quartets that ever made me fully appreciate what the composer is saying. First, let me set the scene: four consummate players, equally spread and identifiable across the stereo spectrum. My review in this issue of Dvorak and Smetana quartets describes the Tokyo Quartet as the picture of elegant propriety; here is the opposite, four players totally unleashed. In Quartet 1 they capture Janacek's constantly changing gaits, wistful longing, a poignant lyrical voice cast against three others howling and pleading around it. The overall pacing in each movement is gripping. The performance is a sheer tour de force. In the first movement of Quartet 2 the contrast between intimate enharmonics and intense chords is startling. The flow or continuity is astounding, given the dramatic range of contrasts in tempo and string attacks. In II I became aware of the players' very careful, judicious use of vibrato - always deliberately expressive. III is the one movement on the album that is essentially a love-lullaby; I felt as if its sweetness was drawn right out of my inner core. IV is an example of how these players can begin with utterly infectious rhythms. In brief, the Arianna Quartet's chameleon like skills perfectly match Janacek's two chameleon-like masterpieces. Perfect engineering too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lee Theater, Touhill Performing Arts Center, University (06/01/2009-06/05/2009).



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
  • Ensemble: Arianna String Quartet
  • Notes: Lee Theater, Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO (06/01/2009-06/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 1 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: Lee Theater, Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO (06/01/2009-06/05/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928