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Janáček & Haas - String Quartets

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2670 SACD
Release date2023-06-02
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time76:01

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While the concept of the programmatic and autobiographical quartet seems to have been introduced by Beethoven, nowhere has it been taken up more forcefully than in the Czech lands, as the works presented here attest.

Leoš Janáček’s first quartet, subtitled ‘Kreutzer Sonata’, is based on a novella by Leo Tolstoy, which deals with such subjects as marriage, adultery and murder, all of which are evoked here by highly expressive music. The second quartet, the last major work he completed, is subtitled ‘Intimate Letters’. The special feature of this unique and miraculous quartet, full of love songs and eruptions, is the intense and euphoric expression of the composer’s inspirational and unrequited passion for a young woman.

Pavel Haas, who studied with Janáček in Brno in the 1920s, composed his second string quartet subtitled ‘From the Monkey Mountains’ in 1925. Although the composer claims that he intended to evoke ‘pleasant summer holidays in the country’, it seems that the work also evokes a love story. A surprise is in store for us in the final movement, entitled ‘A Wild Night’: percussion is added to the string quartet and contributes to the jazzy atmosphere. It is played here by the Scottish virtuoso Colin Currie.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Janácek, Leos
  String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata" 18:34
01 I. Adagio - Con moto 04:15 $ 0.64 USD
02 II. Con moto 04:20 $ 0.65 USD
03 III. Con moto - Vivo - Andante 04:13 $ 0.63 USD
04 IV. Con moto - (Adagio) - Più mosso 05:46 $ 0.87 USD
  String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters" 25:38
05 I. Andante - Con moto - Allegro 05:54 $ 0.89 USD
06 II. Adagio - Vivace 05:54 $ 0.89 USD
07 III. Moderato - Adagio - Allegro 05:49 $ 0.87 USD
08 IV. Allegro - Andante - Adagio 08:01 $ 1.20 USD
  Composer: Haas, Pavel
  String Quartet No. 2, Op. 7, "From the Monkey Mountains" 31:45
09 I. Landscape 10:10 $ 1.53 USD
10 II. Cart, Driver and Horse 04:40 $ 0.70 USD
11 III. The Moon and I 08:05 $ 1.21 USD
12 IV. A Wild Night 08:50 $ 1.33 USD
  Album total 76:01
ComposerHaas, Pavel
Janácek, Leos
String quartetEscher String Quartet
PercussionCurrie, Colin

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