Czech & Slovak String Quartets
The string quartet in C Minor by Slovak composer Ján Levoslav Bella delights with its masterful treatment of harmonies and surprising changes of keys, making it an impressive example of late 19th century chamber music.
Smetana’s semi-autobiographical first string quartet ‘From my Life’ reflects on the composer’s life, including a poignant depiction of his oncoming deafness. His second quartet was composed during his final years and contains reminiscences of Beethoven’s late string quartets.
Among Dvořák’s string quartets the ‘American’, which recalls impressions from his time in ‘The New World’, is his best loved, but among the others presented in this package are many more beautiful treasures.
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