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Janacek: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 'From My Life' / Jerusalem Quartet

Album Summary

>Smetana, Bedrich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor ("Z meho, zivota," "From My Life"), JB 1
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverne," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet's latest release focuses works by two giants of Czech music. Though Smetana, the founder of the Czech national school, and Janácek, his spiritual heir, are best known as operatic composers, they also left strongly autobiographical chamber works. Composed when he was already profoundly deaf, Smetana's String Quartet No.1 looks back over the different stages of his life. Also written late in life, Janácek's second quartet, subtitled Intimate Letters, describes his unfulfilled passion for Kamila Stösslová, his junior by 38 years.

The Observer, 19th January 2014
The Jerusalem Quartet brings all to life with rigour, intensity and lilting poise.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (05/2013/07/2013).



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Works Details

>Smetana, Bedrich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor ("Z mého, zivota," "From My Life"), JB 1 :: 105
  • Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet
  • Running Time: 25 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
  • Running Time: 25 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928