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JANÁČEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Sonnets, JW VII/1 and 2

JANÁČEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Sonnets, JW VII/1 and 2

Janáček’s final decade saw an almost unprecedented creative renewal during which he wrote some of his greatest works. Among them were his chamber music masterpieces, the two String Quartets. The first was inspired by Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, a torrid tale of adultery and murder to which Janáček responded with music of increasingly frenzied passion. The second was subtitled Intimate Letters, a freely evolving work full of yearning and amorous defiance. Originally cast for four violins, the two youthful Sonnets date from 1875 and balance the archaisms of the first with the lyricism of the second.


February 2021 Naxos Classical Catalogue No. 8.574209

Producer, engineer, editor: Norbert Kraft


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Track Listing:

String Quartet No. 1, JW VII/8, "Kreutzer Sonata"

i. Adagio - Con moto

ii. Con moto

iii. Con moto - Vivo - Andante

iv. Con moto


String Quartet No. 2, JW VII/13, "Listy důvěrné" (Intimate Letters)

i. Andante 00:05:57

ii. Adagio 00:05:53

iii. Moderato 00:05:32

iv. Allegro - Andante - Adagio 00:08:14


Znělka (Sonnet) in D Minor, JW VII/2 (arr. R. Gjelsten for string quartet)

Znělka (Sonnet) in A Major, JW VII/1 (arr. R. Gjelsten for string quartet)

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