Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life' - SACD
This page lists all recordings of String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life', by Bedrich Smetana (1824-84) on SACD.
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Dvorak & Smetana: String Quartets
In its valedictory release, the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet presents a pair of well loved chamber works offering a glimpse into the private world of two Czech composers. Antonín Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana – although they were sometimes regarded as musical opposites in their homeland – together they came to represent the quintessential sound of 19th-century Czech music.
Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 45 years ago. Performing over 100 concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world and extends to all four corners of the globe.
Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo String Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. An exclusive collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon (more than 40 landmark recordings) firmly established it as one of the world’s leading quartets. The ensemble's recordingss for harmonia mundi USA have included an acclaimed cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets. Its most recent release was devoted to the Brahms Quintets Op. 34 (with Jon Nakamatsu, piano) and Op. 115 (with Jon Manasse, clarinet).
“this is recommendable for fans of the Tokyo Quartet’s finely chiseled approach” International Record Review, May 2013
“Does the Tokyo’s superb playing of Dvorak’s “American” lack the authentic Czech bite?...the playing is so fine, the glow of the four Stradivarius instruments so beautiful, such doubts hardly register. What matters is that these musicians perform the music con amore. The tragic conclusion of the Smetana... is devastating.” Sunday Times, 12th May 2013
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Smetana: String Quartets
Smetana based his first quartet on experiences from his life. Already ravaged by severe illness he regarded his second quartet as a kind of musical testament, culminating in the last movement, entitled “Triumph over Fate”. Both quartets are deeply personal statements by the composer, and the interpretations of this music by the Bennewitz Quartet are genuinely moving.
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