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Janácek: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Berg: Lyric Suite

March 19, 1996 | Format: MP3

$9.99
Also available in CD Format
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4:10
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5:46
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6:51
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6:33
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5:34
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8:32
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 19, 1996
  • Release Date: March 19, 1996
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:16:50
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  • ASIN: B0013AZMC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,243 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
One doesn't have to know the history of Janacek's String Quartet # 1 to understand its meaning; upon the first hearing one is struck by the light/dark, man/woman tension, the violin's nervous anxiety, the cello's dark rage. It is a fascinating, brilliant piece, inspired by Leo Tolstoy's story, "The Kreutzer Sonata", which of course was named after Beethoven's violin sonata.
Less dramatic and almost as good is Janacek's String Quartet # 2, written for Kamila Stosslova, and originally titled "Love Letters", later changed to "Intimate Letters" in order to be less obvious.
More abstract, but even more marvelous is Alban Berg's Lyric Suite; it is immensely expressive and romantic, with increasing desperation with each succeeding movement. There are moments of luminous beauty that take my breath away.
The Juilliard String Quartet (Robert Mann, violin 1 ~ Joel Smirnoff, violin 2 ~ Samuel Rhodes, viola ~ Joel Krosnick, cello) are superb. I can't imagine a better performance of these chamber music masterpieces.
The recordings were done in 1989 for the Janacek # 2, and 1995 for the Janacek # 1 and the Berg. The sound is excellent and total playing time is 77'10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri on September 9, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Leos Janacek is a Czech composer with a reputation mostly for operas, but is successful in other genres as well. While he lived most of his life in the 19th century he is better known as a 20th century composer. He was a late bloomer and is known for inflections of the Czech language even in his non-opera and vocal works.

This is the case for Janacek's string quartets which are masterpieces in the genre. Each has speech-like inflections upon the right interpretation. There is more than just black notes on the background of white paper with these pieces. The Julliard string quartet bring technical brilliance to these pieces, but I think that they somewhat miss the mark in the interpretation of the Czech language in these pieces. Somewhat meaning they play the notes right, but don't exploit the music to the degree to it's expressive limits. I would just say that the music making is good, but not outstanding.

The Berg Lyric Suite is another story. This is perhaps music where the Julliard's excel because of the technical execution required without really interpreting the music. Berg is definitely more black and white in my book. There virtuosity in these pieces reflect the excellence in which they have mastered their instruments. An excellent issue of this piece by Berg.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on May 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I won't comment on the quality of the music, but I must disagree with the reviewer who praises the recorded sound on this disk. The Janacek quartets are strangled and boxy. The Berg is much better, and might alone be worth the price of the disk. If I remember correctly Gramophone agreed in its review.
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An unexpected and unalloyed pleasure. With such a bounty of superb quartets now performing, the great Julliard may sometimes get overlooked.Don't overlook this disc. With impeccable playing and state of the art sound, they will make you a lover of Janacek's special sensibility.
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