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The Martinů Quartet plays Dvořák, Janáček and Škroup: concert of Czech chamber music masterpieces

11 MAY 2012 AT 7 PM, ST MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH, HOLLOWAY ROAD, LONDON N7 8LT. Launching their latest CD of Antonín Dvořák´s String Quartets and celebrating the Czech Open 2012, the Czech cultural season in Islington, the acclaimed Martinů Quartet offers an exciting programme of Czech music featuring much loved works by Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and František Škroup. The Martinů Quartet specialises in Czech chamber music and is praised particularly for their passion in interpreting the classical repertoire of their country. Admission: £10 (£7 concs.). Tickets are available at http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=8114 and at the door.

Admission: £10 (£7 concs.)
http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=8114 and at the door

Martinu Quartet

Lubomír Havlák, 1st Violin
Libor Kaňka, 2nd Violin
Zbyněk Paďourek, Viola
Jitka Vlašánková, Cello

The Martinů Quartet, originally the Havlák Quartet, was formed in 1976 by the then students of the Prague Conservatoire, inspired by and modelled on such string quartets as the Vlach and the Smetana.  They put favourable circumstances to good use by intensive practice and study of the quartet repertoire, resulting in seven prizes at important international competitions.  They included prizes at the ARD Munich, Evian (France), Yehudi Menuhin (Portsmouth, Britain) and The Prague Spring competitions.

These successes stood at the start-line of the Quartet’s brilliant international career, placing it firmly in the internationally respected Czech string-quartet tradition.

The original Havlák Quartet changed its name in 1985 as a token of its commitment to promote the work of one of the great masters of Czech music, Bohuslav Martinů.  Their efforts have been rewarded by a MIDEM prize in Cannes in 2004 for the best CD of the year in the chamber music/solo category – the CD being the second of three NAXOS CDs with Martinů’s seven quartets and other chamber compositions.

Although the main weight of its repertoire is centred on the music of the world’s great composers, the Quartet takes pleasure in seeking out neglected works and in giving first performances of pieces by contemporary composers.  It has received an MW Classical Music Web’s “CD of the Month’s” award for its recording of works by Sylvie Bodorová (Terezín Ghetto Requiem) and Ronald Stevenson.  It is engaged on a long-term project of performing and recording the complete quartet output of the leading Czech composer resident in the USA, Tomáš Svoboda.

Apart from its busy concert schedule which takes in prestigious podiums at home and abroad, the Martinů Quartet plays on the Czech Radio, as it has done on the BBC, Radio France, ARD and ORF.


František Škroup (1801-1862): String Quartet No.3 in G major, op.29 Allegro
Andante innocente
Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Allegro appassionato

Leoš Janáček   (1854-1928):   String Quartet No. 1 „Kreutzer Sonata“     

Adagio. Con moto
Con moto
Con moto
Con moto


Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) :  String Quartet in G major, op.106         
Allegro moderato
Adagio ma non troppo
Molto vivace
Finale – Andante sostenuto


This event is supported by the Dvorak Society.