Dvořák String Quartet Op. 61 and Op. 96 'American'
Following the success of the Beethoven String Quartet cycle, the Wihan Quartet returns with their new release of Dvorák’s String Quartets. The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet’s outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged. They have developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East. They visit the United States and Japan regularly and have had highly acclaimed tours of Australia and New Zealand. They are frequent visitors to the UK and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 as well as in concert at many venues throughout the country.
|Review||"This is one of the great string quartets and, like Schubert's "Death & the Maiden" quartet, would be an excellent introduction to chamber music in general. I have versions by the Emersons, Prague, the Cypress Q, Pavel Haas, Janacek and Talich Quartets in addition to this Wihan version. I've always felt the core of the quartet was the lento, 2nd movement. Here, it's heartbreakingly beautiful and gives it an edge over all the other versions I've heard. (The Cypress Quartet is a very close 2nd.)"-William S. Young|