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Entartete Musik - Haas, Krása: String Quartets / Hawthorne


Release Date: 07/23/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440853   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pavel HaasHans Krása
Performer:  Ronan LefkowitzHuang Si JingMark LudwigSato Knudsen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hawthorne String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music of the lost generation which died in Auschwitz is at last coming to wider public attention. Haas and Krása, both born in 1899, produced music of vision, humour and poignancy, much of which is touched by genius. The latest addition to Decca’s ‘Entartete Musik’ series of music suppressed by the Third Reich, which features string quartets by the two composers, is a revelation. Both men in their early 20s had an imagination and technical facility matching that of their compatriot Martinu; that they did not live to fulful this promise and further enrich the Czech and European tradition is but one of the many crimes of Nazism. Haas’s Second Quartet (1925) often leans heavily on his teacher Janácek, but it is unfailingly Read more ear-catching and shot through with true originality. Krása, four years earlier, is in his First Quartet even more challenging, though his musical language never turns the listener away. Haas’s Third Quartet (1938) is both stirring and more integrated in style – a moving testament to Slavonic courage in the face of approaching tyranny. The Hawthorne Quartet plays this music with a passion and feeling for idiom which radiates from every bar. Excellently recorded and presented, this is an issue which no one who cares about 20th-century music can afford to ignore. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 7 "Z opicich hor" by Pavel Haas
Performer:  Ronan Lefkowitz (Violin), Huang Si Jing (Violin), Mark Ludwig (Viola),
Sato Knudsen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hawthorne String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Boston, MA 
Length: 32 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 15 by Pavel Haas
Performer:  Ronan Lefkowitz (Violin), Sato Knudsen (Cello), Huang Si Jing (Violin),
Mark Ludwig (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hawthorne String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Boston, MA 
Length: 20 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings by Hans Krása
Performer:  Sato Knudsen (Cello), Ronan Lefkowitz (Violin), Huang Si Jing (Violin),
Mark Ludwig (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hawthorne String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Boston, MA 
Length: 21 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No.2, Op.7 - "Z opicich hor": 1. Andante "Krajina"
String Quartet No.2, Op.7 - "Z opicich hor": 2. Andante "Kocar, koci a kun"
String Quartet No.2, Op.7 - "Z opicich hor": 3. Largo misterioso "Mesic a ja"
String Quartet No.2, Op.7 - "Z opicich hor": 4. Vivace con fuoco - Andante - Tempo I "Diva noc"
String Quartet No.3, Op.15: 1. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No.3, Op.15: 2. Lento, ma non troppo e poco rubato
String Quartet No.3, Op.15: 3. Thema con variazioni e fuga:con moto-Allegro vivace
String Quartet (1921): 1. Moderato
String Quartet (1921): 2. Prestissimo
String Quartet (1921): 3. Molto lento e tranquilo

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