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Janacek: Sring Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 / Hagen Quartet

Audio Samples

>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverne," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverne," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Janácek's extraordinary pair of string quartets, as performed by The Hagen Quartet, is overflowing with drama and passion in this latest Newton release. Recorded first in 1988, listeners will delight in the precision and dynamism of the ensemble playing, as well as the unique color and nuance they bring to performance.

"These are studied performances, superbly polished and gorgeously rich of sound (a huge range of both colour and dynamic, finely realised by the ample recording)." -Gramophone

Allmusic.com
... filled with lofty technical demands, extended playing techniques, complex harmonies and rhythm, and difficult ensemble challenges. It is therefore difficult to come by recordings of these two impassioned works that are both musically informed and technically solid; all too often, intonation suffers mightily in these taxing quartets. The Hagen Quartett, heard here in a Newton Classics reissue of a 1988 recording, proves that listeners can indeed have the best of both worlds. The Hagens play with almost impossibly precise technique, virtually spotless intonation, and a fluid sense of balance that allows every line and every note of Janácek's scores to easily be heard. What's more, they brilliantly convey the emotional, autobiographical nature of the two works in such a way that even someone unfamiliar with their origins can sense the tension, drama, and angst. The disc concludes with an equally enjoyable performance of Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kirche St. Konrad, Abersee, Austria (11/1988).



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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
  • Ensemble: Hagen Quartet
  • Running Time: 18 min. 15 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. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"
  • Notes: Composition written: 1887.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887