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Dvorak, Smetana & Suk - String Quartets

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2011


Artists:

Sacconi Quartet



Venue:

Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex

3th,4th & 17th,18th Nov 2010

Producer:

Alexander van Ingen



Engineer:

Andrew Mellor



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

String Quartet




Total Time - 66:27
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JOSEPH SUK

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Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn 'Saint Wenceslas', Op35a

7:25
   
 

BEDRICH SMETANA

 

String Quartet No.1 in E minor 'From My Life'

 
2 Allegro vivo appassionato 8:27
3 Allegro moderato alla polka 6:26
4 Largo sostenuto 8:50
5 Vivace 7:04
   
 

ANTONIN DVORÁK

 

String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96, 'American'

 
6 Allegro, ma non troppo 10:26
7 Lento 7:39
8 Molto vivace 4:22
9 Vivace ma non troppo 5:48
   


The distinctive and passionate sound of Romantic Czech music is gloriously showcased in this new album by the Sacconi Quartet. The new recording is released on the Quartet’s own label, Sacconi Records. It contains works by three prodigious Bohemian composers all of whom were featured in the outstanding 2010 Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, entitled ’Tales of Bohemia’.

The Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn, Saint Weceslas by Josef Suk is largely undiscovered gem; a work of great power and presence. Suk, the student and later son-in-law of Antonin Dvorak, wrote the short, hauntingly beautiful piece at the outbreak of the First World War.

Bedrich Smetana’s String Quartet No 1 in E minor, From My Life is one of the great autobiographical works. Written at the end of the great autobiographical works. Written at the end of the composer’s life when he was completely deaf, it is a deeply personal work reflecting a life tinged with tragedy and sadness.

The String Quartet No 12 in F major, opus 96, American by Antonin Dvorak is a wonderful work full of soul as well as joyous themes. It is firmly established as one of the best-loved quartets in the repertoire.

The Sacconi Quartet is one of the UK’s leading string quartets. Since its formation at the Royal College of Music in 2001, it has established a secure and substantial reputation. The Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, performing with style and commitment and consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Its four founder members demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to sudiences with their energy and enthusiasm. Over the past decade they have enjoyed a highly sucessful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and radio broadcasts.

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