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Morava: String Quartets by Pavel Fischer and Iva Bittova / Skampa Quartet

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>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Morava")
>Fischer, Pavel : Jedu chlapci, jedu, for voice & string quartet
>Fischer, Pavel : Brodil Janko kone, for voice & string quartet
>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Wild Mountain Thyme")
>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Mad Piper")
>Bittová, Iva : Hopahop Talita, for 2 voices & string quartet

Album Summary

>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Morava")
>Fischer, Pavel : Jedu chlapci, jedu, for voice & string quartet
>Fischer, Pavel : Brodil Janko kone, for voice & string quartet
>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Wild Mountain Thyme")
>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Mad Piper")
>Bittová, Iva : Hopahop Talita, for 2 voices & string quartet
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Neither the Skampa Quartet, who have established a firm position among the world's finest chamber ensembles, nor the phenomenal musician Iva Bittová needs any introduction. Both names relate to several groundbreaking projects (including a singular conception of Janácek's Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs, Supraphon SU 3794-2). The genre-bending Skampa Quartet invited Iva Bittová to participate as a composer in their new project. Yet the majority of the pieces have been written by Pavel Fischer, formerly the ensemble's first violin, whose Moravian musical roots and years with the Skampa Quartet have resulted in remarkable accomplishments. His compositions, inspired by Moravian, as well as Scottish, Balkan and Roma folklore, have earned the quartet enthusiastic responses on stages worldwide. Yet the artificial form hasn't reduced the sheer emotion, joy, sorrow and nostalgia so purely contained in fold music an iota. The common denominator - the earthy and torrential energy of the musicians.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The quartet plays well, except for a few spots where a high violin part gets slightly out of tune. The sound is close-up but not dry. Notes in English, German, French, and Czech.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martínek Studio, Prague (2011-10-17_2011-10-18&2011-).



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Works Details

>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Morava")
  • Ensemble: Skampa String Quartet
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2011-10-17_2011-10-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Fischer, Pavel : Jedú chlapci, jedú, for voice & string quartet
  • Performers: Pavel Fischer (Violin); Iva Bittova (Voice)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2011-10-17_2011-10-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Fischer, Pavel : Brodil Janko kone, for voice & string quartet
  • Performer: Iva Bittova (Voice)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2011-10-17_2011-10-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Wild Mountain Thyme")
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2011-10-17_2011-10-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Fischer, Pavel : Quartet for Strings no 3 ("Mad Piper")
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2011-10-17_2011-10-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Iva Bittová (1958 - ) : Hopáhop Tálitá, for 2 voices & string quartet
  • Performers: Pavel Fischer (Violin); Iva Bittova (Voice)
  • Notes: Martínek Studio, Prague (2011-10-17_2011-10-18&2011-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1958