Composer: Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček
Performer: Alexander Pavlovsky – 1st Violin, Sergei Bresler – 2nd Violin, Ori Kam – Viola, Kyril Zlotnikov – Violoncello
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Size: 1.25 GB
Scan: yes (booklet)
Jerusalem Quartet / Smetana & Janáček: String Quartets
BEDŘICH SMETANA (1824-1884)
String Quartet no.1 In E Minor ‘From My Life’
01. String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor ‘From My Life’: I. Allegro vivo appassionato (6:53)
02. String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor ‘From My Life’: II. Allegro moderato a la Polka (5:30)
03. String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor ‘From My Life’: III. Largo sostenuto (8:32)
04. String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor ‘From My Life’: IV. Vivace (5:25)
LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854-1928)
String Quartet no.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
05. String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: I. Adagio. Con moto (4:27)
06. String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: II. Con moto (4:49)
07. String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: III. Con moto. Vivo. Andante (4:30)
08. String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’: IV. Con moto (Adagio). Più mosso (5:19)
String Quartet no.2 ‘Intimate Pages’
09. String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Pages’: I. Andante. Con moto. Allegro (5:58)
10. String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Pages’: II. Adagio. Vivace (6:09)
11. String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Pages’: III. Moderato. Andante. Adagio (5:28)
12. String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Pages’: IV. Allegro. Andante. Adagio (8:14)
One might see them as the father and the heir. On the one hand, Bedrich Smetana, whose oeuvre is regarded as having founded the Czech national school; on the other, Leoš Janácek, his spiritual son (with Dvorák acting as the link between the two), brought up in the same love of the national language and culture. While opera took up a central position in both men’s lives, chamber music, and the string quartet, in particular, gave their output the indispensable intimate coloration that allows us to read and listen to their innermost thoughts and feelings. The Jerusalem Quartet, former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, is a welcome guest in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals. The quartet’s discography on harmonia mundi has earned many international prizes and they were the first artist[s] to win 3 BBC Music Magazine Awards.
There is much to admire here from the excellent Jerusalem Quartet. In Smetana’s First Quartet there is the fine opening viola melody…The slow movements of the Janacek quartets are also carefully and thoughtfully played.
International Record Review
The Jerusalem Quartet has ample reserves of poison as well as poise – and it attacks this music with quicksilver responsiveness to its shifting emotional landscape … An imposing release.
on this magnificent disc, from the viola’s fierce attack in the Smetana’s fourth bar, their high-voltage playing suits the music perfectly. It also brings out the kinship between the two composers.
The Jerusalem Quartet brings all to life with rigour, intensity and lilting poise.