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Smetana, B. String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 / Skampa Quartet

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Bedrich Smetana wrote his first and second string quartets in the final decade of his life, thereby adding two brilliant specimens to the masterly output of his most mature creative period, as well as contributing a pair of gems to the treasury of the world quartet literature. As its subtitle, "From My Life", implies, the first of the quartets has the character of intimate personal confession. Reaching much farther beyond that, however, its music transcends the purely individual plane, conveying a universally human, highly suggestive dialogue between a strong characterand the force of destiny. The second quartet came into existence at a time by when Smetana´s illness had climaxed and the composer, completely deaf, fully realized the tragic dimension of hisdeal. Hence the work´s inevitable autobiographical tones which cannot be overheard either, even though they are clearly of a different kind from those of the first quartet. The music here, reverberating with the tremors of the composer´s tortured body and soul, overcomes moments of crisis and culminates in a final bright vision. The study and performance of the Smetana quartets has traditionally constituted a prestigious challenge for ever new generations of artists. This recording, made by the Skampa Quartet, brings a highly individual, fresh and young account of these two works by the genius of Czech music, a reading at the same time which fully respects the composer´s style. Smetana quartets ever fresh and original, in the hands of the present generation of players.

Key authors
music byBedrich Smetana
Key musicians
Skampa Quartet
violin Pavel Fischer
violin Jana Lukasova
viola Radim Sedmidubsky
cello Peter Jarusek
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1.String Quartet No. 1 in E minor From my Life00:27:53
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
1.Allegro vivo appassionato00:07:17
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
2.Allegro moderato alla Polka00:05:34
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
3.Largo sostenuto00:09:04
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
4.Vivace00:05:48
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
2.String Quartet No. 2 in D minor00:18:50
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
1.Allegro. Molto moderato00:05:20
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
2.Allegro moderato. Andante cantabile00:05:46
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
3.Allegro non piu moderato, ma agitato e con fuoco00:04:46
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet
4.Finale. Presto00:02:50
music by: Bedrich Smetana
Skampa Quartet



Title details

Catalogue numberSU 3740-2 131
Medium CD
Total time00:46:51
Release date2003
(P)2003
PublisherSUPRAPHON a.s.
Barcode099925374020
RecordedDDD

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