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Leos Janacek: String Quartets nos 1 & 2; Concertino / Milan Polák, clarinet; Lukás Korínek, bassoon; Jan Voboril, horn; Slávka Pechoková-Vernerová, piano

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata"), JW 7/8
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn & bassoon, JW 7/11
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This exciting and varied program of chamber music by Janácek features the talents of the world renowned Prazák Quartet, who are joined by a quartet of their friends to perform the composer's beloved Concertino. The main works on the album are the two String Quartets, which not only incorporate the tonalities of Czech folk music, but also reflect the rhythms of speech in the Czech language. This super-audio recording from Praga allows all the nuances of the music to be heard with crystal clarity.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The Prazak Quartet was founded in 1972, when its members were still students at the Prague Conservatory. The ensemble is highly regarded for its interpretations of Janacek's string quartets, so it was a delight to discover these new recordings. Quartet 1 is nicknamed Kreutzer Sonata and was inspired by Tolstoy's novella about a husband who murders his adulterous wife. The piece is an old friend of the Prazak players, whose intense, live-wire performance probes every conceivable emotion. Quartet 2 has the moniker Intimate Letters and is a musical memoir of the composer's romance with Kamila Stosslova, a married woman 40 years his junior. The Prazak Quartet gives this work an emotionally charged and richly textured account. Josef Kluson's sensuous viola lines surely represent the spirit of Kamila. The Concertino was composed in 1925 and includes some beautifully balanced writing for piano, strings, French horn, clarinet, and bassoon. Pianist Slavka Pechocova- Vernerova is the standout performer, playing with vibrancy and spontaneity.



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Works Details

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata"), JW 7/8
  • Ensemble: Prazák String Quartet
  • Notes: Prague, Domovina Studio (03/24/2013/03/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Concertino for piano, 2 violins, viola, clarinet, horn & bassoon, JW 7/11
  • Performers: Vlastimil Holek (Violin); Pavel Hula (Violin); Josef Kluson (Viola); Lukás Korínek (Bassoon); Slavka Pechocova (Piano); Milan Polak (Clarinet); Jan Voboril (French Horn)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
  • Notes: Prague, Domovina Studio (10/11/2013-10/12/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928