Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Janacek: String Quartets / Quatuor Diotima


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 133   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Pierre MorletGarth KnoxNaaman SluchinYun-Peng Zhao,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Diotima
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Diotima Quartet turns in passionate, spontaneous, and highly idiomatic performances of both works irrespective of the editions being used. Misjudgments are few and far between: the opening of the Second quartet's finale, with its accompaniment now played pizzicato, would have benefited from a slightly livelier basic tempo. Similarly, the finale of the First quartet surges to a climax just a bit too early, the accompaniment overpowering the principal voices, making the return of the work's opening idea less powerful than it should be. In the very soft playing at the opening of the same work's third and fourth movements, the group sometimes tries too hard to produce a ghostly sonority, with some cost in steadiness of tone.
Read more /> Where the group excels, as in the café music with sinister ponticello interruptions in the First quartet's second movement, or in the explosive eruption in the third movement of "Intimate Letters", it's simply because they are playing their collective hearts out and reacting spontaneously to the music's superheated emotionalism, edition be damned. As I said previously, the general impression these performances make is extremely positive: my reservations really only come into play if you have the reference versions listed above or a few others (one of the Talich Quartet recordings, for instance, or the recent Skampa Quartet also on Supraphon). These have just that much more spontaneity and technical finish.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2 "Intimate letters" by Leos Janácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Diotima
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Brno, Czech Republic 
Notes: 
Version with viola. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata" by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Pierre Morlet (Cello), Garth Knox (Viola d'amore), Naaman Sluchin (Violin),
Yun-Peng Zhao (Violin), Franck Chevalier (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Diotima
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Brno, Czech Republic 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 2 "Intimate letters" by Leos Janácek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Diotima
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Brno, Czech Republic 
Notes: 
Version with viola d’amour. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters): I. Andante
String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters): II. Adagio
String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters): III. Moderato
String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters): IV. Con moto
String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kreutzer Sonata": I. Con moto
String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kreutzer Sonata": II. Con moto
String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kreutzer Sonata": III. Con moto
String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kreutzer Sonata": IV. Con moto
String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (version with viola d'amore): I. Andante
String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (version with viola d'amore): II. Adagio
String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (version with viola d'amore): III. Moderato
String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy duverne" (Intimate Letters) (version with viola d'amore): IV. Con moto

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In