Prazak Quartet: Czech Ensemble Plays Haydn, Janacek, Smetana
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The Prazak Quartet was terrific. Unfortunately, I missed the first piece, the Haydn quartet, because there was some crazy demonstration happening on Central Park West and Broadway, and it took a 1/2 hour to park the car! The rest of the concert was excellent, though, and the quartet's playing was both beautiful and intense.
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in A major, Op. 50, No. 6, “The Frog”
Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1, “The Kreutzer Sonata”
Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life”
More than a century ago Prague began boasting world-class string quartets that combined precision with expression, intellect with heart. Formed at the Prague Conservatory in 1972, the Prazak Quartet has now been carrying on the Czech tradition for more than 35 years. In this concert it plays two entries in the slender catalogue of “program chamber music,” in both cases by leading Czech masters: Janacek’s “Kreutzer Sonata” quartet, inspired by Tolstoy’s tale of adultery and murder; and Smetana’s “From My Life,” a work of musical autobiography so detailed that it even includes the sound of the tinnitus that foreshadowed the composer’s deafness. Haydn’s “Frog” quartet is another offering on this program.
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CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music. The performing artists of CMS, a multi-generational selection of expert chamber musicians, constitute an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period (see Artists of the Society and Guests). Its annual activities include a full season of concerts and activities, national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, a radio show broadcast nationwide, and regular appearances on National Public Radio's Performance Today.