Pavel Haas Quartet

Friday 1 July 2016, 4pm, Kilrenny Church
Tickets £17 (£5 for 7-18 year olds)  |  60 mins, no interval

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MARTINŮ Quartet No 3
DVOŘÁK Quartet Op 34

Pavel Haas Quartet

Pavel Haas Quartet cherishes its magnificent national heritage: the quartets by Dvořák, Janáček, Smetana, Martinů, and of course Pavel Haas. Dvořák’s Op 34 is generally recognised to be his first mature quartet. All his hallmarks are here: the flow of memorable melody, the warm bright colours, the hints of folk music married to a wonderfully fluent mastery of the idiom. 50 years separate Dvořák and Martinů, though their lives followed oddly similar lines. They each left their homeland for their music, ended up in America for a time, and carried their native folk music wherever they journeyed, but married it to influences from far afield. Martinů’s third quartet is a perfect example of this shared lifeline: he wrote it in Paris and it seems to bring an accent of Debussy and Ravel to the unmistakable folk cadences of his homeland.

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“The Pavel Haas Quartet’s inspired performance of Martinů’s elongated melodies, piquant harmonies, and novel sounds rendered its contemporary aesthetics in moving fashion.”
Boston Classical Review

Pavel Haas Quartet, image © Marco Borggreve

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