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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1988 | Supraphon a.s.

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 1993 | Supraphon a.s.

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Chamber Music - Released September 4, 2020 | Supraphon a.s.

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Chamber Music - Released June 15, 2010 | Musical Concepts

The small U.S. reissue house Alto has specialized in rediscoveries of recordings perhaps two decades old, presenting them with an enviable combination of expert remastering and low price. This release apparently combines material from two releases in the early '90s; there are two different string quartets, recording in two different locations. The Vanbrugh Quartet, featured in the Janácek String Quartet No. 1, "The Kreutzer Sonata," is not quite the technical equal of the Talich Quartet heard on the first three works on the program, but the combination of these works makes a great deal of sense. Despite its formal movement designations, Smetana's String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From My Life," is a programmatic work, with detailed descriptions supplied by Smetana: he intended the music to evoke scenes from the recollections he experienced as deafness (caused, it seems, by too much hunting) encroached. The Talich's performance is very fine; too many groups overplay Smetana's quartets, which should have just the sort of haze of lyricism the Talich gives them here. The String Quartet No. 1 has the right quality of a chamber piece by the composer of the symphonic poem Die Moldau. The String Quartet No. 2 in D minor is a more agitated but still inward work, described by Smetana as a depiction his feelings after the crisis of his deafness but lacking a concrete program. The work makes a perfect bridge to the Janácek String Quartet No. 1, which again is a programmatic, somehow psychological work based on Tolstoy's novella of sexual desire. It seems to owe a lot more to Smetana than to the more temporally proximate Dvorák, and it's fascinating to hear these works together; Janácek is more frequently paired with his emotionally murky contemporaries. Josef Suk's Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn "St. Wenceslas," Op. 35a, written for either string quartet or string orchestra, is a sort of intermission in the sequence of intense and personal music, and it allows the Talich players to display their lovely sustained tone. A very satisfying recital of Czech music. Notes are in English only. © TiVo
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Lounge - Released February 27, 1992 | Collins Classics

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Lounge - Released April 22, 1991 | Collins Classics

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Lounge - Released February 9, 1992 | Collins Classics

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Classical - Released April 1, 2011 | Phaia Music

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Classical - Released March 6, 2012 | Phaia Music

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The Talich Quartet, augmented by guest violist Jiri Najnar and cellist Vaclav Bernásek, present two sextets that make an interesting program because of their dramatically different styles. Arnold Schoenberg's darkly passionate and intensely chromatic Verklärte Nacht was originally composed for string sextet, and while it has been performed frequently in the lush arrangement for string orchestra, this comparatively lean version is increasingly being recorded by chamber ensembles. The cheerful Sextet in A major by Antonín Dvorák is buoyant and animated, in marked contrast to the brooding expressionism of Verklärte Nacht, and though the instrumentation is the same in both works, Dvorák's counterpoint is much brighter and more transparent than the dense and murky textures in Schoenberg's work. Recorded in 1989, these performances are closely miked, so the sound of the string instruments is direct and natural, with a resinous edge and a cutting quality that is bracing at times. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 1986 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Classical - Released September 1, 1993 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions Diapason d'or du siècle - Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released September 1, 1985 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
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Chamber Music - Released May 26, 2014 | La Dolce Volta

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Classical - Released September 1, 1981 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released September 1, 1981 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released September 1, 1979 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released September 1, 1984 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Chamber Music - Released September 1, 2002 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Quartets - Released January 1, 2006 | La Dolce Volta

Distinctions Choc de Classica