Panocha Quartet

Suk: String Quartet No.1 in B flat major, Meditation - Ravel: String Quartet in F major

Catalogue Number: SU 3855-2
Published: 23rd February 2007
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
The nearly 40 year career of the Panocha Quartet has honed their precision to perfection without dampening their musicality and enthusiasm. This new recording adds further works by Suk to theirdiscography. Suk's Quartet in B flat major has been performed with two different final movements: the original was presented at its 1896 premiere by the Czech Quartet, while his revised version was presented in 1915, nearly twenty years later. Both versions are recorded here for comparison, evidence of how Suk matured as a composer. In addition to the famous Meditation, the album also includes Ravel's Quartet in F Major, shedding further light on quartet composition at the turn of the 20th century.
Josef Suk
String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 11
1. Allegro moderato 08:25
2. Intermezzo. Tempo di Marcia 03:51
3. Adagio, ma non troppo 08:18
4. Allegro giocoso 05:03
Josef Suk
String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 11
5. Allegro giocoso (alternative finale, 1915) 07:13
Josef Suk
6. Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale Saint Wenceslas for String Orchestra /1914/, Op. 35a 06:11
Maurice Ravel
String Quartet in F major
7. Allegro moderato. Tres doux 07:36
8. Assez vif. Tres rythmé 05:41
9. Tres lent 07:21
10. Vif et agité 05:07