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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant playing but with some irritating lapses, 11 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Haas And Janacek: String Quartets (Audio CD)
The Pavel Haas Quartet play with breathtaking brilliance but I was troubled by some lapses. The Haas 'From the Monkey Mountains' quartet is superbly played but it was almost too brilliant at times! Haas himself saw the quartet as lighthearted but in this performance it has quite a fierce edge. The second movement, for instance, should surely be more humorous with a bit more rubato to suggest the lurching of horse and cart. It was good in the finale to have the entertaining percussion parts which Haas later withdrew. I'm pleased, though, that I have the Hawthorne Quartet performance from Decca (now sadly deleted) to hear the finale without percussion and, overall, to have a less brilliant but more good humoured performance. In Janacek's 'Intimate Letters' quartet the Pavel Haas Quartet basically use the standard edition but rather inconsistently appear to use the new Barenreiter edition for the third movement with its extra repeated note in the theme (and with bar 135 missing). They also make some small changes in the finale. There were one or two other things which irked me. In the first movement, I thought the opening was too smooth and bars 93 and 97 are played with incorrect rhythm (they should contrast with bars 95 and 99 but are the same). In the second movement the speed is more flowing than the metronome marking leading to some loss of pathos and, very oddly, one of the crucial figures from the second violin in the last four bars is missing. In the last movement a wonderful moment is spoiled when the quartet play a crescendo instead of a diminuendo before the frenzied furioso moment around bar 231 and go straight into it without the marked break. These lapses take the edge off my enjoyment of some really brilliant playing. First choice for me remains the Janacek Quartet on Supraphon, virtually as brilliant but more moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Youthful brilliance, 3 May 2009
This review is from: Haas And Janacek: String Quartets (Audio CD)
This is the Prague based Pavel Hass Quartet's debut album, awarded a Gramophone Award in 2007. The quartet itself was named Newcomer of the Year in the 2007 BBC Music Magazine Awards. The renderings of Janacek's Quartet #2 and Pavel Hass's 'From the Monkey Mountain' are crisp and clear, passionate and devoted, with careful phrasing and sensitive attention to each member's sole parts. A truly stunning debut, especially for performers so young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Nov. 2014
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Superb and exciting performance
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