Ensemble
Recordings
alla czeca
Label: Capriccio
Released: December 1, 2015
Catalog Num: C5257 PC: 21 845221052571

‘The Bohemians [were] the most musical among all the nations,
indeed perhaps in the whole of Europe’.
Charles Burney, 1773

Short after the most successful album “sound escapes” (Capriccio C5239), the young and aspiring Signum Quartet take care of the Bohemian Music Culture. Beside the famous String Quartet Op. 106 by Antonín Dvoƙák (‘I am very satisfied with everything I have accomplished in this quartet.’) and the Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale ‘St. Wenceslaus’, full of impressions of the beginning of the 1st World War, by Josef Suk, are finally the 1923 composed Five Pieces for String Quartet by Erwin Schulhoff, which all experiment with dance forms, a very virtuosity challenge. ‘Music is never philosophy’ (Erwin Schulhoff). The succinct statement conceals what was capable of so lastingly impressing Charles Burney already in his time: direct, if possible, spontaneous expression in music.

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