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DEBUSSY, RAVEL // String Quartets

Talich Quartet,

Certain things are immutable in art and destined to endure over time—due either to the indestructible nature of their foundations or their perpetual renewal. When they express something primal, essential and stunningly beautiful, they are enriched by the highly qualified and talented individuals who serve them and uphold them. And when these individuals have given all they can, having devoted themselves fully to beauty, others come along to bear this centennial flame high so that it continues to blaze eternally.

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The Talich Quartet was founded in 1964 by Jan Talich, nephew of the great Vaclav Talich, master of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Jan Talich, a student at the Prague Conservatory, presided over the ensemble with Petr Messiereur, Jan Kvapil and Evzen Rattay. In 1997, Jan Talich Junior, the son of Jan Talich and a violinist like his father, took over the direction of the quartet, which gradually began to feature younger members: Roman Patočka, Vladimir Bukač and Petr Prause, respectively violin, viola and cello. the second generation of the Talich Quartet is like a pagan slav family who are descendents of a remote ancestor; they are subjects of the gods, yet all are equal, working together to carry on the work of their predecessors so that a tradition flourishes and endures. the talich Quartet has a philosophy and an approach to music that is truly unique, a signature style that is instantly recognizable with its lightness, spontaneity and unpredictability.

Claude Debussy // Quatuor à cordes in G minor, op. 10

 

  •  Animé et très décidé 6’12
  • Assez vif et bien rythmé 3’53
  • Andantino, doucement expressif 7’54
  • Très modéré 7’12

 

Maurice RAVEL // Quatuor à cordes in F major

  • Allegro moderato 7’51
  • Assez vif. Très rythmé 6’24
  • Très lent 8’13
  • Vif et agité 4’34

 

 

The Talich Quartet, a Bohemian soul

 

‘The Conservatory of Europe’ – that used to be the nickname of Bohemia. At the heart of central Europe, a people dedicated itself wholly to the art of melody. In the nineteenth century, when Czech musicians were recognised as great composers as well as performers, they gave birth to a repertory steeped in traditions, its inspiration passed on from generation to generation.

 

Václav Talich, a conductor of genius, was one of the most prominent central European artists in the following century. In 1964, Talich’s nephew Jan founded the string quartet that bears his name. In 1975 it became a chamber ensemble of the Czech Philharmonic, a distinction that quickly gained it international recognition. France became its second home, and thanks to the Calliope label it made some of the great benchmark recordings in the quartet discography, from Mozart to Janáček. La Dolce Volta has since taken up the torch and pursues an adventure too exciting to be interrupted.

 

For half a century now, even though the bows have changed hands, the quartet’s personality has displayed marked stylistic continuity: spontaneous expressiveness, delicious unpredictability of attack, telling accentuation of folk rhythms, absolute precision and, equally, a sensation of miraculous fragility. Throughout the years, the Talich Quartet has remained the ambassador of a prodigious musical history, nourished by the memory of the torrents and castles of Bohemia, of tales and legends, and of the passions of the Czech people even before it was established as a nation in the aftermath of the First World War. The quartet’s multi-award-winning recordings mirror their interpretation of Janáček’s Second Quartet, ‘Intimate Letters’: the most enchanting of conversations in music.

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