Magazine article Czech Music

Haydn Haba Janacek

Magazine article Czech Music

Haydn Haba Janacek

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Haba Quartett

Zuk Records

2002

The saying that no man is a prophet in his own land is one that certainly applies to Alois Haba. While we don't often hear his music in this country, abroad his legacy attracts great attention, and his reputation goes beyond that of pioneer of microtonal music.

The Haba Quartett was formed in 1984 in Germany, on the initiative of the violinist Dusan Pandula, a former member of the Prague Haba Quartet.

This recording contains Haba's Quartet no.9, op. 79 of 1952, the First String Quartet, "Kreutzer Sonata" by Leos Janacek and the String Quartet in C major by Joseph Haydn. What Janacek and Haba had in common was first their insistence on finding their own paths and resulting isolation on the music scene, and second their deep love of Moravian folk music. This recording provides us with a unique opportunity to appreciate how two composers could use similar sources of inspiration to go in quite different directions. …

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