Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, Sonata for Two Violins

Diapason d'Or de l' Année
Classic FM Gramophone Award
nominace (2010)
Disc of the Month
Gramophone (2010)
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BBC Radio 3 (2010)
Choc de Classica

Audio samples

Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartet in B minor No. 1, Op. 50

01. Allegro
02. Andante molto - Vivace
03. Andante

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins in C major, Op. 56

01. Andante cantabile
02. Allegro
03. Commodo (quasi Allegretto)
04. Allegro con brio

Sergei Prokofiev String Quartet No. 2 in F major (on Kabardinian themes), Op. 92

01. Allegro sostenuto
02. Adagio
03. Allegro - Andante molto

Album information

SU3957-2, release date 15. 1. 2010

Prokofiev's Second Quartet is one of the most immediately attractive quartets in the repertoire. In the wondrous Adagio the cello line rises high, ghostly melodic statements in octaves can expose the smallest tuning difficulties and pizzicati needs must sparkle like ice. The young players pass every test before dispatching the inventive finale with equal aplomb… The strenuously wrought First Quartet comes off just as well. The concluding Andante… is rarely tackled with the passion you find here. Of the small clutch of "classic" performances of the component pieces, none is more usefully programmed than the present disc, nor so naturally recorded. Why hesitate?


The Pavel Haas Quartet, one of the very finest chamber ensembles of the present time, earned for their first two CDs (Janáček, Pavel Haas) numerous prestigious accolades (Classic FM Gramophone Award, BBC Music Magazine Award, Cannes MIDEM Classical Award, etc.). With the Prokofiev pieces featured on this album the Quartet has for the first time entered the field of the Russian (or, if you will, international) repertoire. Prokofiev plunged into writing his first quartet in 1930 during his first sojourn in America on the basis of a commission from the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The "classically" sounding work blends the easily distinguishable inspiration by Beethoven's quartets and the typically Prokofievian pungency and lyricism. The duet, written in Paris, is an inconspicuous yet masterly small-scale work of art and alongside Bartok's 44 violin duets ranks among the paramount opuses of this genre. The second quartet came into being in 1941 in the Caucasus, where the Soviet government had moved the artistic elites and their families so as to protect them against the Nazi onslaught. Here Prokofiev came across untouched folk material which he sensitively, humbly and with the precise degree of artistic stylisation incorporated into the "Kabardinian" quartet. Their sheer musicality and ferocious youthful energy make the Pavel Haas Quartet an ideal interpreter of these gems of Prokofiev's chamber oeuvre.

There is a fairly high level of intensity in these Prokofiev works for the young Czech players to meet, and they rise vividly to the challenge…it's pro­bably right that [they] feel its ebb and flow with passionate engagement.


Další alba


Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81 & String Quintet Op. 97


Bedřich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor "From My Life" & String Quartet No. 2 in D minor


Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor „Death and the Maiden“ & String Quintet in C major


Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet in G major, Op. 106 & String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 "American"


Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata" & Pavel Haas: String Quartets Nos 1 & 3


Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters" & Pavel Haas: String Quartet No. 2 "From the Monkey Mountains"

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