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Martinu: Complete String Quartets / Panocha Quartet

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat minor ("French"), H. 117
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 3
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 4, H. 256
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 5, H. 268
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 6, H. 312
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 7 "Concerto da Camera"
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Notes & Reviews:

"Martinu's seven string quartets track his entire career, from the Debussy/Ravel-influenced First, to the neoclassical Nos. 2-4, to the anguished Fifth (reminiscent of the Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano, and Timpani), to his American works of the 1940s (most notably the six symphonies). They are, one and all, pieces of very high quality, and together comprise an extremely distinguished contribution to the quartet medium... Their playing is gorgeous, with a smoothness and warmth of tone that keeps the busy textures of the neoclassical pieces from sounding merely dry and scratchy, and with an enlivening rhythmic bounce that floats Martinu's singing lines with effortless naturalness." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat minor ("French"), H. 117
  • Notes: Petynka Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (02/10/1982-02/18/1982)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall in the Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (11/01/1982-11/02/1982)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 10/30/1925

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 3
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall in the Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic (11/26/1982-11/27/1982)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 12/10/1929

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 4, H. 256
  • Notes: Czech Philharmonic Chorus rehearsal hall, Prague, Czech Republic (12/16/1980-12/18/1980)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 04/1937-05/1937

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 5, H. 268
  • Notes: Czech Philharmonic Chorus rehearsal hall, Prague, Czech Republic (10/22/1979-10/24/1979)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 04/1938-05/1938

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 6, H. 312
  • Notes: Petynka Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (03/31/1981-04/03/1981)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Quartet for Strings no 7 "Concerto da Camera"
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (09/03/1979-09/05/1979)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 06/24/1947