For fifty years now, the Talich Quartet has taken its
place in a prestigious lineage of Czech musicians.
The very name ‘
’ evokes the banks of the Vltava, so dear to
Smetana and to the people of Prague. Jan Talich Senior, the creator of the
Quartet, was the nephew of Václav Talich, music director of the Czech
Philharmonic Orchestra from 1919 to 1939. It was he who made it one of
theworld’s finest orchestras before KarelAncerl came to harvest the fruits
he had so patiently cultivated.
In 1997, the last musician in the family, Jan Talich Jr, took over the reins
of the quartet from his father, surrounding himself with three talented
musicians. The future is now theirs to mould, a future they cannot
envisage without taking account of their tradition.
In their first forty years, the Talich revealed a style, an approach,
a philosophy of music that the current line-up perpetuates and
continues to nurture.The newmembers have succeeded in preserving
that lightness of tone combined with density of argument, that
spontaneity of expression combined with musical experience, those
unexpected accents combined with those rooted in an illustrious
tradition, that innate feeling for allusions to folkmusic blendedwith a
culture passedon fromgeneration togeneration,which characterised