Janáček / The 2 String Quartets

Quatuor Talich, Janacek et Schulhoff, La Dolce Volta

 

Informations

- LDV 256

- released: September 2004

- 1 CD / 57'08

- Recorded at Domovina Studio, Prague on February 2004

- Artistic Director: Jiri Gemrot

- Sound engineers: Václav Roubal, Karel Soukenik

 

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« The Talich Quartet brings Czech authenticity to Janáček »

These are glowing performances. The restrained, sympathetic playing of the Talich Quartet in both Janáček quartets, plus the warmth and balance of the recording make this an uplifting, highly desirable disc.

The Talich’s instinctive feel for the music and mutual understanding shines through every bar, and it’s pacing is beautifully judged. The First Quartet, the “Kreutzer Sonata” enjoys a particularly imaginative reading: it’s almost as if there’s a reservoir of sound lurking beneath, from which Janáček allows edgy motifs to break loose or gradually surface and take wing as fully fledged melodies. Fine details. Fine detail - notably the dialogue of first violin and cello at certain key points of transition - is exquisitely handled.

The opening of “Intimate Letters”, with its mysterious harmonics that seem to hail from another world, is beautifully atmospheric, and the entire work - but especially the tender Adagio, with its teasing anticipation of the jaunty ensuing Moderato - is riddled with finely considered solo touches, not least from the Talich’s viola player, Vladimir Bukač.

The Strad (Roderic Dunnett)

Table of contentd

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

String Quartet no.1 « Kreutzer Sonata »

1Adagio

2Con moto

3Andante

4Adagio

String Quartet no.2 « Intimate Letters »

5Andante

6Adagio

7Moderato

8Allegro

 

 

3'56

4'05

3'51

5'03

 

6'04

6'08

5'29

7'17

 

 

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