Dvořák


    
Dvořák


    
Brahms


    
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Spain Through
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Dvořák



Glazunov


    

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Haydn,Mozart
Beethoven
    
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Mendelssohn

    
Kalabis

    
Mendelssohn

    
Martinů

    

Mendelssohn
    
Schubert
    
Zemlinsky
    
Dvořák
    
Suk
    

Dvořák,Richter
Janáček,Suk

The CDs are available with the members of the quartet. If you would be interested in buying our CDs, please contact us:

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ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK:
         String Quartet no.10 in E flat major, Op.51
         String Quartet no.11 in C major, Op.61

Dvorak CD Usual pairing of two scores that precede the period when the composer of the famous "American" Quartet (no. 12) was in his prime. Combining rhythmic invention, which ennobles the natural vigor of a reinvented folklore, bright colors shaded by the importance of the viola part, and a spontaneous melodic outpouring that contrasts with the absorbing melancholy of the slow movements, they give voice to a na stonishing feeling of eternal youth and plenitude despite a number of personal dramas that the composer had undergone. It is as though their irresistible animation formed the image of a modern Dvořák approach in this full string quartets collection.
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  String Quartet no.10 in E flat major, Op.51:     I. Allegro ma non troppo
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  String Quartet no.11 in C major, Op.61:     I. Allegro
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ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK:
         String Quartet no.8 in E major, Op.80
         Drobnosti (Four Miniatures or Bagatelles) Op.75a
         Cypresses, complete cycle for string quartet B.152

Dvorak CD An unusual compilation of chamber music by the composer of the New World symphony, featuring non well-know pieces singing old love tradition of his master Czech chamber music. Inventive rhythms with the vividness of revisited folklore, the haunting melancholy of the slow movements, instrumental Lieder The Czech Zemlinsky Quartet, as his elders, Pražák, today, Smetana and Prague City Quartets yesterday, are singing in their tree.



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  String Quartet no.8 in E major, Op.80:     I. Allegro
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  Drobnosti:     I. Cavatine
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  Cypresses, No. 12
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JOHANNES BRAHMS:
         String Sextet No.1 in B flat, Op.18
         String Sextet No.2 in G, Op.36

Brahms CD BRAHMS imposed the sextet form, with the sweetness and variety of colours of summer and autumn, as well as the power and brilliance of a string orchestra, owing to the importance of the low registers. Mendelssohn had revealed its possibilities of luminous, dreamy summer fêtes, Brahms the intensity of loves (The Lovers) then the innate nostalgia of the voices of violas and cellos, which allow for remaining under the spell of autumn activities and colours. Reger and Schönberg would be his sole heirs.


         PRAŽÁK QUARTET
         Pavel HŮLA, Vlastimil HOLEK, violins
         Josef KLUSOŇ - viola, Michal KAŇKA - cello
         ZEMLINSKY QUARTET members
         Petr HOLMAN - viola, Vladimír FORTIN - cello

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  String Sextet No.1 in B flat, Op.18:     I. Allegro ma non troppo
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  String Sextet No.2 in G, Op.36:     I. Allegro non troppo
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ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK:
         String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Op. 96 "American"
         String Quartet No. 14 in A flat Major Op. 105
         Tercet in C Major Op. 74
Dvorak CD
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  String Quartet No. 12 in F Major Op. 96 "American":     I. Allegro ma non troppo
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  String Quartet No. 14 in A flat Major Op. 105:     I. Adagio ma non troppo
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  Terzet in C Major Op. 74:    I. Allegro ma non troppo




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Spain Through Strings
         JUAN CRISÓSTOMO DE ARRIAGA (1806-1826): String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major
         JOAQUÍN TURINA (1882-1949): La Oración Del Torero (the Toreador’s Prayer) Op.34,for string quartet
         EDUARDO TOLDRÁ (1895-1962): Vistal Al Mar (Evocaciones poeticas), original version for string quartet (1920)
         MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968): Quintet for guitar and string quartet, Op.143 (1950)

(Miriam RODRIGUEZ BRÜLLOVÁ – guitar)

Spain through strings CD An original selection of Spanish works for quartet, from that of Arriaga (1823), a precocious genius who died at the age of 20, up to the consecration (1950) of the guitar as a classical partner, thanks to the meeting of Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Andrés Segovia.





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  J. C. Arriaga: String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major:    I.Allegro
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  J. Turina: La Oración Del Torero (the Toreador’s Prayer) Op.34,for string quartet     I. Allegro moderato
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  E. Toldrá: Vistal Al Mar (Evocaciones poeticas)    I.Allegro con brio
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  C. Tedesco: Quintet for guitar and string quartet, Op.143     I. Allegro, vivo e schietto

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A. Dvořák: String Quartet No.9 in D minor, Op.34 B. 75 (1877-78)
                    String Quartet No.13 in G major, Op.106 B 192 (1895)


Glazunov CD Two scores that frame the period when the composer of the famous 'American’ Quartet (No.12) was in his prime. Combining rhythmic invention, which ennobles the natural vigour of a reinvented folklore, bright colors shaded by the importance of the viola part, and a spontaneous melodic outpouring that contrasts with the absorbing melancholy of the slow movements (sublimation of the dumka), they give voice to an astonishing feeling of love and plenitude despite a number of personal dramas that the composer had undergone. It is as though their irresistible animation formed the image of a people that was going to become a nation once again in 1918.


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  A. Dvořák: String Quartet G Major Op.106     I.Allegro-Piu mosso
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  A. Dvořák: String Quartet D Minor Op.34      I. Allegro moderato
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A. Glazunov: String Quartets No.3 in G major, Op.26, G 63, ‘Slavonic’
                        String Quartet No. 4 in A minor, Op.64, G 103
                        Idyll for French Horn and string quartet ( Christoph Ess - Horn)


Glazunov CD Homage to Glazunov who taught classical art to Russian composers of the 20th century and revealed chamber music to a community favouring choral and lyric art. His ‘cosmopolitan’ students (Stravinsky, Prokofiev…) and his heirs from the interior (Miaskovsky, Shostakovich, Weinberg…) were thus able to be major players in the contemporary world. His own works are now being rediscovered and appreciated for the perfection of their craftsmanship, like those of a Russian Mendelssohn singing in his genealogical tree.


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  A. Glazunov: String Quartet No.3 in G major, Op.26, G 63, ‘Slavonic’
    IV. Finale. Une fete slave. Allegro moderato
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  String Quartet No. 4 in A minor, Op.64, G 103      II. Andante
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A. Zemlinsky: String Quartets No.2 Op.15 and No.4 Op.25, Two Movements for String Quartet (1927)

Zemlinsky CD In one word, Webern summed up the evolution of each of Zemlinsky’s four quartets: Aufbruch (departure) corresponding to No.1, Op.4 and getting out from under Brahms’s shadow; Wende (the turning point) for No.2, Op.15, an Expressionistic block of gigantic Mahlerian proportions and a single motto theme; Reduktion of the epic dimension but not of the burlesque, sardonic grin in No.3, Op.19; and Maskenspiel (mask game) for No.4, Op.25, a ‘lyric suite’ in homage to Alban Berg, imbued with Schubertian clarity and transcended Classicism.


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  A. Zemlinsky: String Quartet No.2 Op.15     I. Adagio-Allegro
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  A. Zemlinsky: String Quartet No.4 Op.25      IV. Intermezzo. Allegretto
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  A. Zemlinsky: Two Movements for String Quartet     I.Introduktion. Andante con moto
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String Quartet Masterworks of the First Viennese School:

J. HAYDN: String Quartet in C major, Op.76 no.3 ‘Emperor’
W. A. MOZART: String Quartet no. 19 in C, K.465 ‘Dissonance’
L. van BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in B flat major, Op.18 no.6 ‘La Malinconia’


Early Zemlinsky CD There’s nothing quite like a Czech string quartet. The Zemlinsky are in the great Bohemian tradition, playing with a fullness of tone and a combined naturalness and care for phrasing and note values that give delight in all three works recorded here*. The Haydn has superb energy, and breadth and tenderness in the “Emperor” variations; in the Beethoven, the quick movements are crisp and bristling with vitality, and the two adagios deeply expressive. *Perhaps best of all is the Mozart *— wonderfully gleeful in the opening allegro, delicate and passionate in the beautiful andante, incisive in the minuet, stormy in the trio and fleet-footed in the finale. Mozart said his “Praguers” understood him. These ones surely do.
/David Cairns, Sunday Times, 25 September 2011/


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  W. A. MOZART: String Quartet no. 19 in C, K.465 ‘Dissonance’      I. Adagio-Allegro
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  J. HAYDN: String Quartet in C major, Op.76 no.3 ‘Emperor’      II. Poco adagio. Cantabile
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  L. van BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in B flat major, Op.18 no.6 ‘La Malinconia’     I. Allegro con brio
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A. Zemlinsky: Early Chamber Music

Early Zemlinsky CD On this CD you will find early chamber music by A. Zemlinsky: "Maiblumen blühten überall" for soprano and string sextet (Zemlinsky Quartet, Prazak Quartet, Lucie Hájková), Two pieces for string quintet (ZQ, Josef Klusoň - viola), Cello sonata in A minor, Three pieces for cello and piano (Vladimír Fortin - violoncello, Jaromír Klepáč - piano).




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  Maiblumen blühten überall
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  Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in a minor: I. Mit Leidenschaft
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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): String Quartets Op. 44/1 & 44/3, Op. 81/1 & 2

Mendelssohn CD In these years of 1837-38, Mendelssohn was at the height of his humanist glory, concurrently violinist, violist, pianist, composer, conductor (of the Gewandhaus in Leipzig), still a painter in his already too-rare spare time, and a newlywed… ‘At the moment, everything comes so easily and so nicely under my pen’, he wrote, this exemplified by the Opus 44 Quartets with their radiant, virtuoso allegros and slow movements tinged with nostalgia— irresistible ‘songs without words’ for strings.


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  String Quartet in D Major op. 44/1: III. Andante
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  String Quartet in E flat Major op. 44/3: IV. Molto allegro con fuoco


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Viktor Kalabis(1923-2006) : String Quartets No. 1-3 (Kocian Quartet), No. 4-7 (Zemlinsky Quartet)

Kalabis CD A tribute to Viktor Kalabis, one of the greatest Czech composers of the latter half of the 20th century, close friend of Jindřich Feld (1925-2007) and František Kovaříček (b.1924), who lived through both the German occupation and the communist era. The musician admired French culture, adored Stravinsky’ Russian and French periods and Bartok's values and felt at ease with the symphonic and concerto forms. He also composed seven intimate Quartets from 1949 onwards, his last one in 1993. With his wife, the harpsichordist Zuzana Růžícková, he shared his love of Bach. He was also influenced by painters such as Marc Chagall and Ota Janeček, and he dedicated many years of his life to promoting the work of Martinů, and helped found the Martinů Institute.

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  String Quartet No. 7

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Felix Mendelssohn(1809-1847) : Quartets Op.44/2 & 80, Capriccio Op. 81/3

Mendelssohn CD The Quartet in E minor, a favourite key of Mendelssohn’s, was written on his honeymoon journey. Its immediate success barely outlived him, although its formal perfection served as a model for Schumann (Op.41), Brahms, Smetana, Dvořák and even Tchaikovsky, who drew the essentials of their art of the quartet from it. The Zemlinskys, trained in the double Czech and avant-garde schools, restore its purity of style and forgotten modernity, as in the final Opus 80, a veritable ‘Requiem for Fanny’, the beloved sister who died in May 1847, and for himself, who would follow her to the grave on 4 November.


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  String Quartet in E minor op. 44/2: III. Andante
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  String Quartet in F minor op. 80: I. Allegro assai - Presto

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B. Martinů: String Quartets No.1 , No.3 and No.6

Martinu CD The composer of Julietta left seven string quartets that do not, by any means, form a cycle but rather a succession of testimonies stretching from 1920 to 1947. This second volume – the first is on PRAGA 250 205 - juxtaposed the French Quartet (no.1, performed by Zemlinsky Quartet), a lengthy and luxurious, homage to Debussy and Dvořák, the shortest (no.3) ‘pocket’ Quartet and the Sixth (both performed by Prazak Quartet) written in the post-war utopia, a fantastic counterpoint of madrigals for strings with astonishing polymelodicism, introduction da camera to last Symphony no.6 (Symphonic Fantasies, 1951-53), with his earnest, struggling character and high symphonic spirit.

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   String Quartet No. 1, H.117 II. Andante moderato
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  String Quartet No. 1, H.117 IV. Allegro con brio

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F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: String Quintet Op.12, String Quartet Op. 18

Mendelssohn CD The Zemlinsky Quartet together with The Prazak Quartet celebrates the 200th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. On this CD you can find String Quartet in E flat major Op. 12 (The Prazak Quartet), String Quintet in A major Op. 18 and Minuetto in F sharp minor (The Zemlinsky Quartet + Josef Klusoň).





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   String Quintet in A major, Op. 18 I. Allegro con moto
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F. Schubert: Early works for string quartet

SchubertCD In January 2008, another 4-CD set recorded by Zemlinsky Quartet was published. This time, Praga Digitals brought the attention of the ensemble to the early works by Franz Schubert. The recording contains 11 string quartets from the first period of the composer´s life. In addition, we can find here the well-known Quartet Movement C minor D. 703, coming together with the less-known 41-bars-long fragment of its second movement. This time, the publisher used a painting by P. Renoir for the cover of the CD.

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   String Quartet in G Moll D. 173, IV. Allegro
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  String Quartet in C Major D. 46, I. Andante con moto
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A. Zemlinsky: String Quartets No.1 and No.3

Rané smyčcové kvartety In March 2007, The Zemlinsky Quartet released new project - string quartet No.1 in A Major op.4 and string quartet No.3 op. 19 by Alexandr Zemlinsky.






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   String Quartet No. 1, I. Allegro con fuoco
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  String Quartet No. 3, I. Allegretto
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A. Dvořák: Early works for sring quartet

Rané smyčcové kvartety Since 2007, the Zemlinsky Quartet records exclusively for French publishing company Praga Digitals (Harmonia Mundi distribution). The first project was a recording of early works for string quartet and the viola quintet op. 1 by A. Dvořák (with Josef Klusoň - violist of the Pražák Quartet). The set of 4 CDs was released in January 2007, and it immediately gained a big success - it received the important French prize "Diapason d´Or" in March.


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   String Quartet in F Moll op. 9, I. Allegro con brio
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  String Quartet in A Moll op. 2, II. Adagio affetuoso ed appassionato
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Josef Suk: String Quartets

sukCD This CD was recorded in a Danish edition Classico. The manager became interested in the possibility of recording the (almost) complete string quartets by Josef Suk (the only missing are the second version of the last movement of quartet No. 1 and an early Barcarola). This CD was recorded in Prague in February 2004 and it was reviewed in the January 2005 issue of The Strad.



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   String Quartet in B flat Major op. 11, I. Allegro moderato
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  String Quartet No. 2

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A. Dvořák, L. Janáček, J. Suk, F. X. Richter

dvorak,janacek,sukCD First CD of Penguin Quartet: On March 28, 2003, the new CD of Penguin Quartet was released! It was recorded in February 2003 by Bohemia Music with music director Jiří Gemrot and sound engineer Jan Lžičař. The graphic design was made by Flashstudio. The CD contains string quartets by the most famous Czech composers. You can find here String Quartet F major Op. 96 "American" by A. Dvořák, String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer sonata" by L. Janáček, Meditation on an Ancient Czech Chorale "Saint Wenceslas" Op. 35a by J. Suk and String Quartet C Major Op. 5/1 by F. X. Richter. This CD was reviewed in the February 2004 issue of The Strad.

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  A. Dvořáka: String Quartet in F Major op. 96, I. Allegro ma non troppo
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  L. Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonate" , III. Con moto

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