Concerts from the Frick Collection: Pavel Haas Quartet

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Monday, May 24, 2010

After winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet performed in concert halls throughout the world, including Russia and Japan. In 2007 the Cologne Philharmonic nominated the quartet as ECHO Rising Stars, resulting in another worldwide tour, with a performance at New York’s Weill Recital Hall. In the current season it will appear in Switzerland, England, Germany, Austria, Spain, and the Netherlands. It will also tour the United States and Australia.

Based in Prague, the quartet studied with members of Quartetto Italiano, Quatuor Mosaïques, and the Borodin, Amadeus, Smetana and LaSalle quartets. The ensemble has released two discs on the Supraphon label of all of the quartets of Janáček and Haas. The third disc, to be released this fall, includes Prokofiev’s Quartet Nos. 1 and 2.

The quartet takes its name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944) who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt and died at Auschwitz in 1944. In addition to the standard classical repertoire, the group is committed to the Czech repertoire as well as to the music of Pavel Haas.

Members of the Pavel Haas Quartet

Veronika Jaruskova, violin
Eva Karova, violin
Pavel Nikl, viola
Peter Jarusek, cello

Playlist

Quartet in C minor, D. 703, “Quartettsatz” (1820)

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)

Allegro assai

Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No.1, “Razumovsky” (1805)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Allegro
Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando

Adagio molto e mesto
Thème russe: Allegro

INTERMISSION

Quartet No. 2, Op. 7, "From the Monkey Mountains" (1925)

Pavel Haas (1899-1944)

Landscape (Andante)
Coach, Coachman and Horse (Andante)
The Moon and I (Largo e misterioso)
Wild Night (Vivace e con fuoco)

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