In 1975 Paris discovered four Czech musicians, and was dumbfounded by the depth of their harmony and the reach of their melody. The first recording followed a year later. The subject was Antonín Dvořák, the object the ‘American’ Quartet. An interpretation that has become legendary . . .
Since then, the Talich Quartet has been characterised, both in record and in concert and through all its changes in personnel, by a specific tone, a particular sonority that have always riveted the attention.
Now, with its poetic playing, its subtle, tender lyricism, the group returns at last to Dvořák with the Quartets nos.10 and 11.
In their time, these two works enjoyed genuine popular success. They were played all over Europe, and gained Dvořák a reputation as one of the most important chamber music composers of his day.
The Talich Quartet offers us here a chance to discover and appreciate these two masterpieces that have been unfairly overshadowed by the fame of the ‘American’ Quartet.
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