Prazak Quartet: Czech Ensemble Plays Haydn, Janacek, Smetana
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The last date listed for Prazak Quartet was Wednesday November 12, 2008 / 7:30pm.
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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.