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'Lived & Dreamed' - Josef Suk: Piano Quartet, Op. 1; Dvorak: Piano Quartet, Op. 23; Janacek: 'Pohadka' for cello & piano / Ensemble Raro

Album Summary

>Suk, Josef : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 1
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in D major, B. 53 (Op. 23)
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Pohádka (Fairy Tale), for cello & piano ("The Story of Tsar Berendyey"), JW 7/5
>Suk, Josef : Lived and Dreamed for Piano, Op. 30
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Notes & Reviews:

"Dreaming and wishing hold the finer matter of life," wrote Franz Kafka. It is no accident that he came from Prague, the city that is the home of the sinister, where dreams are taken more seriously than in the world's brighter places. It is easy for those who mistrust the spoken language and the verbal articulation of thoughts. Among them were composers like the three great Czechs Antonn Dvork, born in Nelahozeves in Bohemia in 1841, Leos Jancek, who came into the world in Hukvldy in Moravia in 1854, and Josef Suk, who came from Krecovice in the vicinity of Prague in 1874. The three of them also shared an enthusiastic interest in old national traditions, among them the great treasure trove of fairy tales and the wealth of folk melodies and rhythms. Perhaps fairy tales and dreams can help us to endure reality, because they place it in a vast continuum and because individual suffering then becomes part of a greater whole from which no-one is excluded. If that is true, then the music presented here really ought to be available on prescription. Ensemble Raro was formed in 2004 by four extraordinary young musicians: pianist Diana Ketler, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Razvan Popovici and cellist Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg. Their goal is to create unforgettable musical moments and to combine innovative approach with rich European tradition of intimate and sincere chamber music making. In 2011 the Ensemble Raro welcomed new members: violinists Alina Pogostkina and Erik Schumann, clarinetist Thorsten Johanns, hornist Olivier Darbellay and cellist Julian Arp.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Diana Ketler (piano).

Recording information: Bayerischer Rundfunk München, Studio 2 (03/19/2015-03/21/2015).



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Works Details

>Suk, Josef : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 1
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Raro
  • Notes: Bayerischer Rundfunk München, Studio 2 (03/19/2015-03/21/2015)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in D major, B. 53 (Op. 23)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Raro
  • Notes: Bayerischer Rundfunk München, Studio 2 (03/19/2015-03/21/2015)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Pohádka (Fairy Tale), for cello & piano ("The Story of Tsar Berendyey"), JW 7/5
  • Performers: Bernhard Hedenborg (Cello); Diana Ketler (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Raro
  • Notes: Bayerischer Rundfunk München, Studio 2 (03/19/2015-03/21/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Suk, Josef : Lived and Dreamed for Piano, Op. 30 :: To the Forgotten Graves in a Corner of ther Krecovice Cemetery
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Raro
  • Notes: Bayerischer Rundfunk München, Studio 2 (03/19/2015-03/21/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909