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  Janacek: String quartets, Concertino - Prazak Quartet
  Janacek: String quartets; Concertino

Prazak Quartet
Slavka Pechocova-Vernerova, piano
Milan Polak, clarinet
Lukas Korinek, bassoon
Jan Voboril, french horn
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  Classical - Chamber
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Review by JJ September 27, 2014 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This SACD recorded in pure DSD proposes three works of chamber music by Leos Janacek (1854-1928). The String Quartet N°1 “Kreutzer Sonata” based on Tolstoy which the composer “approaches like an opera without words, a psychological drama where each instrument can be a voice, can become a character full of expression, capable of following the most direct lingual prosody, from the lover’s lament to the cry,” states Pierre-Emile Barbier. The String Quartet N°2 “Intimate Letters,” which was addressed to Kamila Stösslova, Janacek last love: “I have begun to write something beautiful. It will contain our life. I am calling it “Love Letters.” A single instrument will be the means of expression during the whole work….” Later, Janacek would finish by adopting the subtitle we know today. The Concertino for Piano and Six Instruments dating from 1925 calls for two violins, a viola, a clarinet, a French horn, and a bassoon. With evocative power rarely heard in these admirable pages, the Prazak Quartet offers a confoundingly natural musical discourse by find the perfect balance between passion and melancholy. Each and every musician is praiseworthy and in exemplary artistic communion.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 3  

Leos Janacek - Concertino for Piano & Chamber Ensemble, JW 7/11
Leos Janacek - String Quartet No. 1, JW 7/8 "Kreutzer Sonata"
Leos Janacek - String Quartet No. 2, JW 7/13 "Intimate Letters"