A review of the joint concert with Belfiato Quintet at the East Neuk Festival in Scotland

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On 27th June 2024, the Pavel Haas Quartet and the Belfiato Quintet gave a joint concert at the East Neuk Festival in Scotland, featuring works exclusively by Czech composers Pavel Haas, Leoš Janáček, Josef Suk and Bedřich Smetana. Read a great review by Simon Thompson on bachtrack.com:

“The Pavel Haas Quartet are one of the East Neuk Festival’s most regular and welcome guests, and they gave an excoriating second half that surged with intensity from first note to last. Listening to them playing Smetana’s autobiographical String Quartet no. 1 in E minor, this felt triumphantly, defiantly like their music, music of their homeland that they’re uniquely invested in, and that seeming nobody else could do so much justice to. In fact, they played it with such intensity that it felt as though it was permanently being driven to extremes, teetering on the edge of the abyss.”

You can read the full review HERE.