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The Pražák Quartet was formed in Prague in 1972, and quickly established itself as one of the leading quartets in the world, touring all over Europe, North America, and Asia. They have also recorded extensively, with over 30 award-winning CDs to their name. In 2015, they chose a new leader, Jana Vonášková, a graduate of the Royal College of Music.
After two years of intensive study re-learning the repertoire in its new line-up, the quartet has once again taken to the international stage with great success. The spirit, freshness and agility of youth combine with the extensive experience of the ensemble’s founder-members to produce a renewed sound and energy and a sense of unity and togetherness that is truly remarkable. World tours to the United States and Japan and performances in Europe have been greeted with enthusiasm and numerous invitations.
The last decade of Beethoven’s life is surely the most remarkable period of creative outpouring by any composer. From solo piano to chamber music to the symphonic and choral, he composed works which were revolutionary in their time, and which remain revolutionary today. The Op. 131 quartet is perhaps the greatest of all of these.
‘There is a freshness to the playing, a sense of excitement that you would associate with first exposure to and enrapture with a great work.’
DVOŘÁK Quartet Movement in F, B. 120
BEETHOVEN Quartet in E-flat, Op. 74 ‘Harp’
BEETHOVEN Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131