Janácek: String Quartets Nos. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata" & 2 "Intimate Letters"; Dvorák: Piano Quintet - Dumka

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Leos Janácek did not compose his first string quartet until 1923, when the composer was already almost 70 years of age. His choice of the emotionally and intimately poignant medium of the string quartet was both artistically and personally motivated. Janácek was in love with a woman, Kamila Stosslova, who was nearly 40 years younger than he. The first quartet, "The Kreutzer Sonata," titled after the Tolstoy novel of the same name, was the first musical encapsulation of Janácek's feelings for Kamila. Despite its tumultuous outpouring of emotions, the first quartet is not as overtly directed at Kamila. That distinction falls on the second quartet, subtitled "Intimate ...
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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Leos Janácek did not compose his first string quartet until 1923, when the composer was already almost 70 years of age. His choice of the emotionally and intimately poignant medium of the string quartet was both artistically and personally motivated. Janácek was in love with a woman, Kamila Stosslova, who was nearly 40 years younger than he. The first quartet, "The Kreutzer Sonata," titled after the Tolstoy novel of the same name, was the first musical encapsulation of Janácek's feelings for Kamila. Despite its tumultuous outpouring of emotions, the first quartet is not as overtly directed at Kamila. That distinction falls on the second quartet, subtitled "Intimate Letters," which culminates in a magnificently and unabashedly romantic finale. Performing these two fiendishly difficult masterpieces is the Alban Berg Quartet. Formed in 1971 and sadly dissolved in 2008 after the tragic death of violist Thomas Kakuska, the Alban Berg Quartet distinguished itself throughout its career with performances characterized by tight intonation; a warm, cohesive tone; a magnificent unity of musical vision; and deep musical and emotional understandings of the score. These two quartet recordings were originally made in the early '90s and remain among the most definitive examples available. The disc also includes the second movement of Dvorák's "Op. 81 Piano Quintet." While the playing is equally superb, giving listeners only one movement definitely seems like an afterthought designed to fill disc space.
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  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • EAN: 5099920828226
  • Catalog Number: 08282

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  1. 1 String Quartet No. 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata"), JW 7/8 - Leos Janácek & Alban Berg Quartet (17:31)
  2. 2 String Quartet No. 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13 - Leos Janácek & Alban Berg Quartet (24:47)
  3. 3 Piano Quintet in A major, B. 155 (Op. 81) (once listed as Op. 77): 2. Dumka: Andante con moto - Alban Berg Quartet & Antonin Dvorák (13:25)
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