From my collection.
Bought in 2011.
Label Supraphon SU 4050-2. ( 2 CD'S)
First listen: 13-2-2014.
Second listen: 29-4-2014.
Third listen: 21-4-2017.
Recording dates: February, March, June 2009.
Recording venue: Evangelical Church, At Jacob's ladder, Prague.
Recording engineer: Jan Lžičař.
Running time: CD 1: 71:00-CD 2: 61:40.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.
This set with the SQ was made possible by a generous grant, from "Jurg Vollenweider". Bless this guy, for investing his money in such a worthwhile project. We need more of such kind souls.
1) SQ No. 1 in E major, opus 15. (1888)
2) SQ No. 2 in D major, opus 39. (1893)
3) SQ No. 3 in C major, opus 61. ( 1907, rev 1913)
4) SQ No. 4 in F major, opus 182. (1943-44)
5) SQ No. 5 in G major, "The Vestec" sine op. (1951)
6) The Prayer for SQ, sine op. (1940)
7) Memory for SQ and harp, sine op. (1901)
8) String Quintet, opus 3. (1886)
9) Allegro giocoso for SQ, sine op. (1894)
Jana Boušková Harp.
Jiři Hudec, Double bass.
Foerster's inclined to chamber formations owing to his nature, in which the lyrical, introspective aspect always prevails. The first SQ is dedicated to Tchaikovsky, a composer Foerster admired. You will also hear snippets of melodies that have a strong imprint by Smetana, a composer that Foerster idolised. And of course a lot of Dvorak is in all of his SQ, But Foerster found an ideal blending of all influences, and put his personal stamp on it. Not to long ago I engaged in a excellent set with Foerster's solo piano works, played by Patricia Goodman on Brilliant, financed by crowdfunding, see in my blog for the reviews, that made quite an impression on me, in terms of the music and the dedicated playing. In these SQ I meet with the same intensity and musical depth, that so amazed me in the piano works. You cannot get around him really, certainly not if Dvorak is also on your diet. And he is able to make some pretty unusual statements, just listen to the beginning of the third movement of the SQ No. 5, being Foerster's final work, dedicated to his second wife "Olenka". Foerster goes back to his roots here, to the long standing tradition of Czech music. The work remained unfinished deliberately, as the composer himself said, to symbolize one's path in life, which does not close with physical departure from the world. And with this I end my review too, just mentioning that the performance and recording are top notch. An essential set to have.
Friday, April 21, 2017
L'Orgue Classique Français 1650-1800. 150 ans de musique du Grand Siècle à la Révolution Française.CD 2.
New acquisition. Date of purchase: 2016. First listen: 20-9-2017. Label: Ligia. CD 2 from 10. Recording dates: 2007/2000 Venues: See b...
From the 206 titles available in the BIS sale, there were not many of interest for me. A lot of new composers, but their modernity was a tad...
A fine disc. This is my second rerun, and I stick to my first review, which was quite a positive one. First review of this disc. ...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: october 2016. First listen: 1-9-2017. Label: Brilliant. CD 10 from 21. Recording dates: January 2013...
From my collection Date of purchase: November 2014. First listen: 23-1-2015. Second listen: 5-9-2017. Label: Aeolus. CD 15 from 19. Re...
From my collection. Date of purchase: May 2002. First listen: April/May 2002. Second listen: 21-5-2013. Third listen: 12-9-2017. Label:...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: October 2016. First listen: 20-9-2017. Label: Brilliant. CD 14 of 21. Recording dates: June 2013 &am...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: August 2017. First listen: 13-9-2017. Label: Querstand. CD 9 from 12. Recording dates: October 2001....
New acquisition. Date of purchase: October 2016. First listen: 5-9-2017. Label: Brilliant. CD 11 & 12 from 21. Recording dates: CD ...
From my collection. Date of purchase: October 2012. First listen: 29-10-2012. Second listen: 17-11-2012. Third listen"8-9-2017. La...
New acquisition. Date of purchase: October 2016. First listen: 14-9-2017. Label: Brilliant. CD 13 of 21. Recording dates: June 2013 &am...