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Janácek: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Leos Janácek , Frantisek Malŭ , Vlach Quartet Audio CD
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  • Composer: Leos Janácek
  • Audio CD (5 Jan 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000060D0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kraytserova sonata" (The Kreutzer Sonata): I. Adagio con motoVlach Quartet Prague 4:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kraytserova sonata" (The Kreutzer Sonata): II. Con motoVlach Quartet Prague 4:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kraytserova sonata" (The Kreutzer Sonata): III. Con moto: Vivace - AndanteVlach Quartet Prague 4:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kraytserova sonata" (The Kreutzer Sonata): IV. Con moto: AdagioVlach Quartet Prague 5:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (use): I. Andante con moto: AllegroVlach Quartet Prague 6:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (use): II. Adagio: VivaceVlach Quartet Prague 5:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (use): III. Moderato. Adagio. AllegroVlach Quartet Prague 6:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (use): IV. Allegro. Andante. AdagioVlach Quartet Prague 8:01Album Only
Listen  9. Violin Sonata, JW VII/7: I. Con motoJana Vlachova 5:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Violin Sonata, JW VII/7: II. BalladaJana Vlachova 4:44£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Violin Sonata, JW VII/7: III. AllegrettoJana Vlachova 2:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Violin Sonata, JW VII/7: IV. AdagioJana Vlachova 4:35£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pohadka (Fairy-tale), JW VII/5: I. Con motoMikael Ericsson 4:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Pohadka (Fairy-tale), JW VII/5: II. Con motoFrantisek Maly 3:48£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Pohadka (Fairy-tale), JW VII/5: III. AllegroMikael Ericsson 2:34£0.69  Buy MP3 


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars in a word - impassioned 25 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
whilst there are many many fine recordings of Janacek's remarkable late flowering Quartets , this budget price naxos cd also offers excellent heart rending, yearning, melancholic and yes impassioned performances by Janacek's country folk of his equally marvellous yet less well known violin + cello sonatas.

recording quality is absolutely fine if perhaps a little over bright lacking some lower register warmth but the performances at this price are exactly what you would wish for - passionate, perceptive,sensitive yet powerful. one caveat - i recall a Gramophone magazine review at the time of release rating this cd highly but quibblled saying that the Vlach Qrt had missed a notated repeat in the 2nd Qrt (if i recall correctly) but hey as a non-afficianado, i + most people could probably live with that i would imagine. other excellent versions are by newcomers the Pavel Haas Quartet (Supraphon) as well as the Lindsays (ASV) + Gabrieli's (Decca) as a point of comparison.

yes- recommended, particularly for those curious to start their Janacek chamber music collection + crucially v.few other cd releases contain both Quartets combined with the equally marvellous, yearning violin + cello works as here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars positive 24 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Everything went well. Thx. The item was in perfect condition. Great sound, great musitians, great mastering, great CD. Thx again.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Bartok... 2 Jan 2001
By "stonechat" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a Janacek fan with a working cd player, and I certainly haven't got money to burn. I'd just like to proffer a rather more enthusiastic review. First, these works are widely considered to be masterworks in the string quartet repertory. Second, the Vlach Quartet's rendering is in my view excellent, though I don't claim to have heard other performances: certainly, this ensemble has received very good reviews from professional critics. Third, the sound quality is about as good as my working cd player will permit! Nice liner notes, too, and attractive fillers (I mean the violin sonata and the pohadka). In short, an excellent choice for anyone with an eye for a bargain and a taste for hardcore string quartets (late Beethoven, Bartok, Shostakovich, Berg...). And if you like this sort of stuff, maybe you'll also like Purcell's Fantasias, Bach's Cello Suites, Reich's Different Trains, and/or Ram Narayan on sarangi. Though did I hear you say you don't know what a sarangi is?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Janacek 18 Jun 2009
By Albert C. Goncalves - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though I remain neutral towards the rest of the material on the CD, the performance and interpretation of Janacek's string quartet I found to be exceptionally poor. The performance seemed to lack both the technical and emotional aspects of the work; the players often seeming to on the verge of losing hold of these admittedly demanding works. I would highly recommend the Hagen Quartet's interpretation of the two string quartets and urge anyone interested in the work of Leos Janacek, at the very least, to simply look and listen elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service 13 Dec 2008
By Shirley A. Billings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was a Christmas present for my granddaughter so I have not reviewed it but the delivery service and condition were excellent.
1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 interesting pieces from the czech composer 27 Dec 2000
By Kristopher Kincaid - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
if you're a janacek fan with very little money and a working cd player this may be the disc for you. i'm not overly familiar with the composer's work myself and wouldnt exactly say this disc made me a convert but it is well worth a listen. not exactly my cuppa tea since i generally listen to string quartets when i'm trying to brood over the meaning of life and whatnot but still these are some pleasant, high energy pieces well played by prague's very own vlach quartet. sound recording is alright, it aint mind-blowing but what exactly do you expect for this price?
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