MARTINŮ QUARTET

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Concert for a Czech Chamber Music Society (Czech Philharmonic) in Rudolfinum, Prague on 19 April 2017

http://http//www.casopisharmonie.cz/kritiky/kvarteto-martinu-a-karel-kosarek-v-labyrintu-sveta-a-raji-srdce.html



Europaische Wochen Festival, Passauer Neue presse 4 February 2016:

There are many top string quartets in the world. But by far not all have such breathtaking musicality, such spiritual penetration of the pieces and the ability to disclose their musical soul in such an unrestrained way: in completely rounded, flawless teamwork.


Review on the 2CD, Taneyev Complete Quintets (Supraphon):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalcdreviews/11482180/Taneyev-Complete-Quintets-review-fascinating.html



Rewiev of the London Chamber Music Society concert at Kings Place, London on 15 March 2015:

http://seenandheard-international.com/2015/03/disciplined-and-focused-performances-by-olga-vinokur-and-the-martinu-quartet/?doing_wp_cron=1426759369.6661109924316406250000



Review on the 2CD, Taneyev Complete Quintets (Supraphon)

Music magazine HARMONIE (March 2015):

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Taneyevʼs music holds such a spell that it got hold of me on the first listening. Comparing it with Tchaikovsky would be in ungrounded. While Tchaikovskyʼs scores frequently flirt with the atmosphere of the sentimental Great Russian imperial autocracy with straight-edged outpours of emotion, Taneyev represents the movement of liberal European community of artists – intellectuals, which was less widespread in Russia of the time. 

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If you accept the considerable extent of the work, you will experience extraordinary pleasure with Taneyevʼs music.

The Martinů Quartet, which in my view belongs among the elite not only in the Czech Republic but worldwide and plays with unbelievable enthusiasm and virtuosity, invited high-quality guests to the studios. The pianist is an equal partner and the consonance seems to me perfect from the recording. Jiří Bárta and Jitka Hosprová, who have many times proven their sensitivity for chamber music, are also integral parts of the whole. The rendering of the three quintets as a whole seems to me essentially perfect, I somehow cannot imagine a better one!... Taneyevʼ music will never sentimentally affect the masses like Tchaikovskyʼs music does, it is rather for educated and experienced listeners, but those who spare time for it will certainly not be disappointed. The recording of Taneyevʼs quintets is precious, both in choice of material and in its rendering, and rightly deserves to be the Editorʼs Choice.

(Luboš Stehlík)




Review of CD Dvořák String Quartets op.105 and 106

.....Once again it is the positive, ever optimistic Dvořák that we sense in this music and the players here convey a sense of joie de vivre while always giving due weight to the music, pacing reflective moments and passages of increased intensity without losing the sense and momentum in those pages. The contribution of the booklet note writer has no bearing upon my enthusiasm for tese performances! Surely the Martinů Quartet must now rank as a leader among the middle generation of fine Czech quartet and worthy to follow in the Bohemian, Smetana and Panocha Quartet in line.

DVOŘÁK SOCIETY NEWSLETTER, October 2012

 

This new reading would be hard to better, too, bringing playing of fire, energy and intelligence from these players, who seem totally at one with the work and play it with reverential concernwith even the smallest detail of attack, phrasing and dynamics.It is played with enormous panache and relish by Martinu Quartet.

INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW, January 2012

 


Leamington Czech Music Festival, Pump Room, May 2-6

OUTSTANDING and astounding inadequately describe the success of this weekend of Czech music - Leamington's biggest musical event for years. ... So who was the magician of the weekend? It was leader of the Martinu String Quartet, Lubomir Havlak (violin), whose enthusiasm and virtuosity added so much to their performance. They are an extraordinarily well-disciplined group, and were joined by Vaclav Vonasek in the Grand Quintet in Bb for Bassoon and String Quartet by Rejcha to bring their major contribution to the Festival to a fitting conclusion.

... CD String quartets of T.Svoboda

The Martinu Quartet does a fantastic job performing all these works. Given the Czech heritage of Mr. Svoboda, this quartet brings an understanding and passion for Czech music to each of these pieces. Their sound is excellent and their interpretation leaves nothing to be desired (other than to hear more). This disc is a bit of a cliffhanger, though. I must now hear the remaining 4 quartets! I wish that the 6 quartets from 2002 - 2006 were released as a set (not unlike Peter Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartets) but I am glad that I have the earlier works as a reference for Mr. Svoboda?s output. I anxiously await Volume 2 of this collection!
    - Jay Batzner - August 6th, 2007 - Sequenza21/

Hudební rozhledy

30th anniversary of Martinů Quartet.
Viz Hudební rozhledy The concert commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Martinu Quartet on 17 Jan was beyond any doubt one of the leading events of this Czech Chamber Music Association concert season – historically as well as artistically. The interpretational style of the Martinu Quartet is defined by perfect attack, excellent intonation, coordination of rhythm as well as expression with idiosyncratically modeled, long-spanned phrasing. Their playing literally “breathes” like a homogenous organism.

Diapason, Paris

Flashes of brillance and high-spirited exuberance, without sacrificing the richness of sound worthy of the best Czech quartets of recent decades.

The Strad, August 2004

The Martinu Quartet played...with such extraordinary homogenity of sound and technical ease that their reading sounded deceptively laid back. ... Here again the Martinu players showed their gift for finding the emotional heart of a piece. This was an exquisitely crafted and profoundly moving performance.

The Globe and Mail, Toronto

A long-established Czech quartet of the old school with the kind of rich, heady sonority that provides profound satisfaction on its own terms.....in Haydn`s Op.74, No.3 there were chords of such breathtaking resonance, so perfectly in tune.…

Luxemburger Wort

From Paradise to Sweeping Fire: High Carat Chamber Music. The homogeneity is unbeleivable....In performance, as if wrapped in velvet, of Schubert`s Quartet No. 13, both in action in unison and replies, it was possible to hear four virtuoso players who respected each other with rare empathy. If you have the possibility, dear reader, to hear the Martinu Quartet, drop everything and for God`s sake, go to their concert!

Norrköpings Tidningar, Sweden 4.12.1999

It showed that a very prominent string quartet was invited. Such a master quartet as the Martinu Quartet has not as far as I know performed in Norrköping since the LaSalle Quartet and they were here about 20 years ago

Strad, CD Martinů Quartets 3,6, December 2002

Sound quality has a real bloom: this is a worthy tribute from the Martinů Quartet to its namesake.

The Birmingham Post, October 6, 2003

...their namesake´s Quartet No. 2. Fired by an enthralling and quite irresistible energy, this ebullient music, especially the seemingly spontaneous twists and turns of its outer movements that are all part of a logical formal structure, was controlled by both Martinus (composer and players) with thrilling aplomb. And in the brooding melancholic Andante we heard the voice of true Bohemian poetry.

Swaledale Festival 2001 Darlington and Stockton Times

...the festival started in grand style with an exuisite performance from the internationaly-renowed Martinu quartet. The sound ...was beautifully clear, with the instruments achieving both individual clarity and harmonious blend. ...Beethoven´s last quartet, in F major, op.135. .., the core of this performance came in the Lento assai which achieved a stunning serenity. Martinu´s String quartet no.7, ...I found it playful and most enjoyable work.

Strad, CD Martinů Quartets 3,6, December 2002

Sound quality has a real bloom: this is a worthy tribute from the Martinů Quartet to its namesake.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, SUNDAY

Bohuslav Martinu, the Czech composer, who died in 1959, was someone modernists loved to hate. His music is simultaneously predictable and adventurous, deeply analytical and brilliantly intuitive. His best qualities are evident in a complete survey of his string quartets, played by the Martinu Quartet on Naxos CD´s. The latest, Vol. 3, offers the Quartets Nos. 4, 5 and 7.

 

Leoš Janáček

String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)

String Quartet No 2 (Intimate Letters)