Pavel Haas Quartet

Smetana String Quartets Nos 1 & 2

Pavel Haas Quartet

Smetana

String Quartets Nos 1 & 2
Pavel Haas Quartet
Supraphon SU 4172-2

Reviewed July 2015

The Pavel Haas Quartet have already set new standards with their Janáček and Dvořák. Now it’s the turn of fellow countryman Smetana, and once again the results are outstanding. Playing of real intensity and vivid detail brings out the drama and intimacy of these two highly personal quartets, and the musicians’ innate understanding for the Czech composer’s idiom shapes every nuance. It’s hard to imagine these recordings being bettered.

Audio clip: Allegro vivo appassionato from String Quartet No. 1 'From my Life'