Magazine article Czech Music

Prague String Quartets

Magazine article Czech Music

Prague String Quartets

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Jupiter Quartet

Arco Diva

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This CD is actually a profile recording of the Quattro group of composers. These are four Czech composers (only three are still alive today), who despite differences of generation found a common language. The main theme of the recordings could be described as the search for a balance between accessibility to the listener and intellectual and musical complexity. Each composer tries to solve this dilemma in his own way, each with a different degree of success. Lubos Fiser (1935-1999) wrote his only String Quartet in 1984. The one-movement piece abandons the traditional formal scheme and works principally with the alternation of differently structured blocks of music and silence. Indeed, it is the treatment of silence and pauses that is the source of the dramatic quality of the piece. Sylvie Bodorova (1954) called her 4th String Quartet Shofarot, since it was inspired by the musical instrument, the shofar, used in the Jewish liturgy. …

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