Czech Masters, Complete String Quartets

Czech Masters, Complete String Quartets
Composer Bedrich Smetana, Bohuslav Martinu, Leoš Janácek
Artist Stamitz Quartet
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 6473
EAN code 5029365647328
Release April 2006

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After the great success of the complete string quartets of Dvorak, played by the Czech Stamitz Quartet (BC99949), 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.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Allegro vivo appassionato
  2. Allegro moderato a la Polka
  3. Largo sostenuto
  4. Vivace
  5. Allegro
  6. Allegro moderato
  7. Allegro non piu moderato
  8. Presto-allegro

Disk 2

  1. Adagio
  2. Con moto
  3. Con moto-vivo-andante
  4. Con moto (adagio)-piu mosso
  5. Andante-con moto-allegro
  6. Adagio-vivace
  7. Moderato-adagio-allegro
  8. Allegro-andante-Adagio

Disk 3

  1. Moderato-allegro ma non troppo
  2. Andante moderato
  3. Allegro non troppo
  4. Allegro con brio
  5. Moderato-allegro vivace
  6. Andante
  7. Allegro
  8. Allegro
  9. Andante
  10. Vivo

Disk 4

  1. Allegro poco moderato
  2. Allegro scherzando
  3. Adagio
  4. Allegro
  5. Allegro ma non troppo
  6. Adagio
  7. Allegro vivo
  8. Lento, allegro
  9. Allegro moderato
  10. Andante
  11. Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Poco allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro vivo
  4. Poco allegro
  5. Poco andante
  6. Allegro
  7. Allegro
  8. Poco moderato