Notes & Reviews:
Praga offers an original pairing of composers who were compatriots and friends. Although Grieg’s career as a soloist was less successful than Svendsen’s, a century later, the composer of Peer Gynt is universal, whereas Svendsen’s oeuvre is primarily confined to Scandinavian concert halls. This is the first modern recording of his Octet, a youthful score enlivened by its borrowings from folkloric melodies. The Kocian Quartet is joined for this work by the M.Nostitz Quartet.
"their playing is vigorous and expressive. The tone of each instrument has real character, so that in the second-movement Romanza, for example, where the melody is passed around, each phrase has its own colour...[the Svendsen] is an admirably vital, well-integrated account." - Gramophone
"[The Kocian Quartet's] tonal finesse, refinement of phrasing, sensitivity to the constant play of bittersweet emotion that underpins the work even at its most apparently extrovert, are all exemplary. The recording is both lively and full bodied...What distinguishes the issue, however, is the coupling...it has a freshness and confidence and remarkably assured handling of counterpoint that compel admiration." -International Record Review
Recording information: Prague, Domovina Studio.
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Works DetailsGrieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 27
- Notes: Prague, Domovina Studio (04/29/2010/05/05/2010)
- Running Time: 33 min. 20 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Chamber Music
- Written: 1877-1878
Svendsen, Johan : Octet for strings in A, Op 3
- Notes: Prague, Domovina Studio (09/08/2010-09/09/2010)
- Running Time: 38 min. 49 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic