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Janácek: String Quartet Nos. 1 & 2; Martinu: String Quartet No. 3 / Doric String Quartet

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata"), JW 7/8
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 3
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
These are virtuoso performances in every sense, except that of the merely show-off.

The Telegraph, 14th March 2015
The music of [The Kreutzer Sonata] is...an emotional maelstrom...a whole kaleidoscope of feelings that the Doric brings to bear in a vivid, trenchant and intuitively heartfelt performance...a disc of outstanding musical insight and dynamic presence.

The Doric String Quartet, now established as one of the finest young ensembles in the world and exclusive on Chandos, pays homage to Czech chamber music of the 1920s with these string quartets by Janacek and Martinu. As acknowledged by Janacek himself, his two string programmatic quartets are a vehicle for his deepest feelings. Martinu's Third String Quartet reflects the influences of his teacher Albert Roussel as well as the night-life ragtime and jazz world of late 1920s Paris, where and when it was written. The work itself features some striking harmonic clashes and colorful scoring.

Classical Music, May 2015
The Dorics' approach is warm and elegiac...but its thoughtfulness pays many dividends.

Financial Times, 4th April 2015
These are highly strung performances, not always comfortable but alive.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The Doric's Janacek is excellent in most respects. Their execution is immaculate, their phrasing sensitive and intelligent, and there is plenty of rhythmic energy. All the lyrical passages are beautiful. The Stamitz Quartet (Nov/Dec 2013) plays Janacek with much more variety of tempo and dynamics, and it makes a big difference. The Prazak, which I did purchase after listening to online samples, is even more varied, and they pack a more emotional punch. I'm pretty sure that the Doric Quartet could play more like this, because they're very good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/20/2014-09/22/2014).



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>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata"), JW 7/8
  • Ensemble: Doric String Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/20/2014-09/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 12/10/1929