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Janácek; Schulhoff - String Quartets

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  • Composer: Ervín Schulhoff, Leos Janácek
  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Calliope
  • ASIN: B000BTQG8K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Adagio. Con moto
  2. Con Moto
  3. Con Moto
  4. Con Moto
  5. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
  6. Adagio
  7. Moderato
  8. Allegro
  9. Presto Con Fuoco
  10. Allegretto con moto...
  11. Allegro giocose alla Siovacca
  12. Andante Molto Sostenuto

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BBC Review

With these two string quartets Janácek went a couple of steps beyond wearing his heart on his sleeve. They're explicitly about his love for Kamila Stosslova, the younger woman who became the well-spring for some of Janácek's finest music, and the way in which he pours his emotions onto the page can be startling, even shocking.

We mustn't be embarrassed by this sudden intimacy; some performers emphasise the gentle beauties and loving tenderness of 'Intimate Letters', while standing back from its volcanic passions. Not the latest incarnation of the Talich Quartet; there's an explosive directness here that's breathtaking, often exhilarating, matched by a sweetness of tone that can be utterly disarming.

In Janácek, the Talich Quartet can be measured against the very best of the Czech quartets, the Smetanas or Skampas...and the First Quartet from Janácek's younger Czech contemporary Schulhoff is a major bonus.

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Talich's stunning performance of the both quartets is recommended as best choice by Penguine Guide, and rightly so. Most of other acclaimed recordings do not come even close to Talich Qt's warmly expressive and authorative interpretation in its emotional intensity, full and vivid tonal blend, and the sense of suspence so essential to these works.
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also available as part of 3 cd set(avail from one marketplace seller),with also Smetana's quartets,and Dvorak American and quintet.Brilliant value,preferable to single cd for price and content.
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