The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet’s outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged. They have developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East. They visit the United States and Japan regularly and have had highly acclaimed tours of Australia and New Zealand. They are frequent visitors to the UK and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 as well as in concert at many venues throughout the country.
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 11 in C, Op. 61, B. 121
II. Poco adagio e molto cantabile
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivo; Trio: L'istesso tempo
IV. Finale: Vivace
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, B. 179, 'American'
I. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo
“In the wrong hands the C major Quartet can seem a little austere. The Wihan Quartet, however, produce a completely committed and utterly convincing reading...In short, this is the finest recorded performance I have encountered to date”
25th April 2010
“Nobody performs Dvorak quite like his compatriots...The Wihan are consummate instrumentalists in the great Czech tradition, as they show by their richly expressive account of the long, elaborately wrought C major quartet...They find fresh colours in this perennial music”
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