Category Archives: Pavel Haas Qt

Pavel Haas Quartet at St John’s, Smith Square (and on BBC)

To London, to see the Pavel Haas Quartet at St. John’s, Smith Square. First, Beethoven Op. 127 (with, in particular, an absolutely magical performance of the great Adagio). And then, after the interval, the most joyful performance of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No.2 … Continue reading

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The Pavel Haas Quartet and Harriet Krijgh play Schubert

The Pavel Haas Quartet with Harriet Krijgh play the Adagio from the Schubert Quintet. Not the best quality video ever, but oh, the playing is beyond words …

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The Pavel Haas Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

Another extraordinary concert from the Pavel Haas Quartet last night. They began with Webern’s Fünf Sätze of 1909 – extremely condensed, emotionally unsettling music, which for me works better in a live performance than it can ever do listening to a recording. … Continue reading

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(Not quite) CD choice #5

This is a recording that, as far as I know, has never existed as a CD — a Supraphon LP from 1963, by the great Smetana Quartet in their prime, of Prokofiev’s first and Shostakovich’s third string quartets. I bought this as … Continue reading

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Encore #14: The Pavel Haas Quartet reviewed

We had tickets to hear the Pavel Haas Quartet three weeks ago, and again for today when they were due to play the Schubert Quintet. Very sadly, they have had to cancel their series of four London lunchtime concerts this … Continue reading

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PHQ in astonishing form, again

To the Wigmore Hall this morning, to hear the Pavel Haas Quartet play Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet and Beethoven’s “Serioso”. An extraordinary short concert, with the PHQ at their unsurpassed best. Of recorded performances of the “Rosamunde”, I perhaps know the … Continue reading

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PHQ, congratulations again.

  The Pavel Haas Quartet’s recording of the Dvorak G major and “American” Quartets won the Gramophone Award for Chamber  music for 2011, and not only that, the disc won overall Recording of the Year. Their next disc, Schubert’s “Death and the … Continue reading

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Three quartets

In some sense, the Allegri Quartet have been going for 60 years. But after 30 years, none of the original four were still playing; and now after another 30 years none of those four replacements is still in the quartet … Continue reading

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The Pavel Haas Quartet at the Wigmore Hall

To the Wigmore Hall again last week to see hear the Pavel Haas Quartet playing Czech music old and new. The most engaging concert, we agreed, that we’d been to for months. Superlatives are in order! To begin, Dvorak’s four … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful

New CDs are announced from some musicians whom I admire immensely. For a start, later this month, David Fray is releasing a disk of Schubert’s great G major piano sonata, the four-hand Fantasia D940 and “Lebenssturme” D947 (with Jacques Rouvier). As I’ve … Continue reading

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