|Who||(CZ) PAVEL HAAS QUARTETT|
|Guest||(CZ) PAVEL NIKL – Viola|
|Where||Lednice Riding Hall|
I. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
IV. Allegro moderato
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) String Quintet in E flat major, op. 97
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Allegro vivo
IV. Final. Allegro giusto
PAVEL HAAS QUARTET
The Pavel Haas Quartet has been named “the greatest string quartet in the world” (Gramophone).
Since winning the Premio Paolo Borciani competition in the Italian Reggio Emilia in spring 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet has established itself as one of today’s leading chamber ensembles. They have performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Members of the ensemble have studied with the legendary Smetana Quartet violist, Milan Škampa, and continue to cooperate closely with him.
The Pavel Haas Quartet records exclusively for Supraphon. Their latest album, released in April 2015, includes Smetana’s String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2, and was recognized as the best chamber music recording by both the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the 2015 Gramophone Awards. This was the fourth time the quartet had received the Gramophone Award and the second time it had won the BBC Music Magazine Award. Gramophone Magazine said about the album: “PHQ’s sound is always instantly recognizable – thanks to its rich colour – but it also gives the impression that there are four distinct personalities … in places, the sound is so intense that you can hardly believe that you are listening to just four performers “. Among other awards they have also won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année (2010).
In 2007, the Cologne Philharmonic nominated PHQ as one of its “rising stars”; ECHO (Rising Stars). In 2007-2009, the ensemble took part in the BBC programme; New Generation Artists, and in 2010 they received an extraordinary special grant from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
The quartet is named for Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944), who was imprisoned in the Terezin ghetto in 1941 and died three years later in Auschwitz. His musical legacy includes three string quartets.
For more information see: http://www.pavelhaasquartet.com/biografie/