JANACEK / HAAS / MARTINU Czech Music for Strings. Janacek Chamber Orchestra. Chandos

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Janacek Haas Martinu Czech Music Strings Janacek Chamber Orchestra Chandos

JANACEK / HAAS / MARTINU

Czech Music for Strings

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928): String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ (arr. for string orchestra) / Suite for Strings

Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959): Sextet for Strings, H 224 (arr. for string orchestra, H 224A)

Pavel Haas (1899-1944): Study for String Orchestra

Janáček Chamber Orchestra

This recording presents music by the Czech composers Janáček, Martinů, and Haas, all of whom were prominent figures in their country’s musical history during the early twentieth century. The works are performed by the Janáček Chamber Orchestra, which has won awards for their interpretations of Czech music.

Janáček wrote his String Quartet No. 1 during a particularly creative period towards the end of his life. It took its inspiration from Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, a portrait of a loveless marriage. The dramatic power and deep emotion of this work, coupled with some extraordinary textures and eccentric orchestration, place it among the greatest string quartets ever written. It is here played in a version for string orchestra. Also recorded is the Suite, one of Janáček’s very first works for orchestral ensemble.

Pavel Haas was considered the most gifted of all of Janáček’s many students. A composer of Jewish descent, he was transported to Auschwitz in 1941, where he died in 1944. The Study for String Orchestra was written in the summer of 1943 for the Auschwitz camp string orchestra, and the first performance of the work is preserved in part in a German propaganda film.

After Janáček, Martinů was the leading Czech composer of the last century. A highly prolific composer, he often wrote at great speed and the prize-winning Sextet for Strings is no exception. It was written in just seven days in May 1932. This work displays a real exuberance, from the energetic opening movement through to the spirited finale.

Chandos Records CHAN10678

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