After the great success of the complete string quartets of Dvorak, played by the Czech Stamitz Quartet (Brilliant Classics 99949), this awardwinning quartet plays here the complete string quartets of their compatriots Smetana, Janacek and Martinu. A fascinating journey through the rich musical history of Czech Republic, from the full blooded romantic quartets of Bedrich Smetana, through the highly personal language of Leos Janacek to the quartets of Bohuslav Martinu, a 20th century master of unbridled energy and impetus. In all these works the eternal and omnipresent spirit of Czech folk music is apparent, either be it obvious or hidden.
CD1 Smetana String Quartets 1 & 2 Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) STRING QUARTET No. 1 in E minaor “From my Life” 1. Allegro vivo appassionato 8:09 2. Allegro moderato a la Polka 5:54 3. Largo sostenuto 9:26 4. Vivace 6:24 STRING QUARTET No. 2 in D minor 5. Allegro 5:02 6. Allegro moderato 5:59 7. Allegro non piu moderato 4:57 8. Presto-allegro 2:54
Stamitz Quartet Bohuslav Matousek, violin I Josef Kekula, violin II Jan Peruska, viola Vladimir Leixner, cello Recording: October 1990, Prague