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. 9 in D Minor, Op. 34, B. 75
II. Alla Polka, Allegretto scherzando - Trio, quasi l'istesso tempo
IV. Finale, Poco allegro
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 14 in A Flat, Op. 105, B. 193
I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro appassionato
II. Molto vivace
III. Lento e molto cantabile
IV. Allegro non tanto
Awards Issue 2010
“[In No. 14] the Wihan Quartet connects well with the first movement's gritty arguments...The slow movement is warmly played...The polka is ideally easy-going and the strutting finale (where Brahms and Schumann are audible influences) is pert and decisive.”
“The Wihans' performance [of No. 9] goes straight to the Quartet's heart.The first movement takes a little while to settle, but, as a whole, this is an enormously impressive reading that searches out real depths, especially in the slow movement”
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