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Dvorak-String Quartets Op. 106 & 96


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listen  1. String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106, B. 192: I. Allegro moderato 9:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106, B. 192: IV. Finale. Andante sostenuto. Allegro con fuoco10:42Album Only
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listen  6. String Quartet No. 13 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179 "American": II. Lento 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Pavel Haas Quartet
  • Composer: Antonin Dvorak
  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Supraphon
  • ASIN: B0043XCKJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an acclaimed CD by a group so unknown in the U.S. that some background is helpful. The Gramophone usually favors British artists, so it's surprising that Record of the Year should go to a rising string quartet from the Czech Republic, one that takes its name from a native composer who died tragically in the Nazi camps. But the Pavel Haas Quartet has had a visible profile in London, being one of the BBC's Young Generation artists and giving concerts at Wigmore Hall. A previous recording, of quartets by Haas and Janacek, won the Gramophone's chamber music recording of the year in 2007. The ensemble was founded in 2002 by Veronika Jar'sková, making it one of those rare quartets headed by a woman - she is a powerful presence in the mix. The other members, all from Prague, have conservatory connections in common. The cellist the first violinist's husband.

Now that we are a bit acquainted, what is their Dvorak like? I'd put it in the tradition of prestigious young quartets like the Hagen that make their reputation with powerful, strong playing and uncommon interpretations. The modernist bent can go only so far with Dvorak, of course, a composer of sunlight, melody, and optimism. The early reviewer here at Amazon found the approach of the Pavel Haas too aggressive and the recorded sound irritating. I don't hear either of those flaws. The music-making is intense, certainly, but quite clean, with a nice unanimity of sound. In concert the balance seems to be dominated by the first violin with a relatively recessive cello line. But here the balance is more even; uniformly the Pavel Haas sound sweet in tone, also. The expected mellowness of Czech string playing hasn't been jettisoned.

As for the interpretations, this is where I find the Record of the Year title mystifying.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pizzicato on November 11, 2011
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I bought this CD after hearing the Quartet play 96 in Vancouver last season. They brought the audience to its feet having gained our rapt attention throughout. The CD captures that joy a little less than the live performance but magnificent nevertheless! By the way, I heard the Takács Quartet play Janacek #1 earlier this week. I normally love their playing, (the Schumann Quartet/Quintet with Hamelin strongly recommended) but was very underwhelmed as the thread of emotion was unclear and somewhat dissipated. I remembered the PH Quartet had recorded it and bought that CD today. For what its worth, to me they just brought it alive with emotion ebbing and flowing in a way I found much more meaningful.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Grabow on October 20, 2011
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This recording reminds me of Furtwangler's 1942 recording of Beethoven's 9th -- a brilliant interpretation but aggressively harsh and angry so that you only want to hear it a few times in your life. This recording of the Pavel Haas Quartet in Dvorak's 12th and 13th quartets is like that. The interpretation is extraordinary but the sound is agressively harsh. In selecting this is as Gramophone's Record of the Year for 2011, the jury must surely be influenced by period instruments because this is not a pleasant sounding blend. There are actually moments where your skin crawls. Compared to some great Czech versions, such as the Panocha and Talich Quartets, or even the Guarneri Quartet, this is a real shocker. Certainly not for everyday listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Redwing on June 11, 2012
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This recording was voted Gramophone disc of 2011. No wonder! The playing is passionate and full of feeling and the recording one of the best I have heard on CD. Buy this recording, you will not be disappointment
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