Category Archives: Pavel Haas Qt

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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Pavel Haas Qt play the opening movement of Smetena’s 1st Qt.

Sinfini Music have just posted a rather good quality video of the Pavel Haas Quartet playing the opening movement of the first Smetena String Quartet, “From My Life”, with their usual intensity. Apparently, the Pavel Haas have now recorded the two Smetena quartets, and … Continue reading

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Pavel Haas Qt play Smetena 2nd Qt

The Pavel Haas, playing Smetena’s 2nd Quartet live on the BBC, starting about 36 minutes into this programme. [Radio programme now longer available.] They were en route to Aldeburgh: here’s a review of their performance. I foolishly left trying to get tickets … Continue reading

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The Pavel Haas Quartet live, again

One of the delights and frustrations of concert-going is how unpredictable the experience can be. Fine ensembles can have off-days. Less regarded players can capture the moment and transport you for a couple of hours. On the frustrating side, then, … Continue reading

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Review: the Pavel Haas Quartet, Schubert ‘Death and the Maiden’ and the String Quintet

Readers of this blog will know how greatly I have admired the Pavel Haas Quartet for a while. And it isn’t just me who finds them absolutely compelling both in live performance and on disc. Their previous four CDs have rightly … Continue reading

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Pavel Haas Quartet, Wigmore Hall

I’ve raved here about the Pavel Haas Quartet before. But we had another chance to see them live at the Wigmore Hall last night. And they were as terrific as ever. The Quartet were on fire from the start, playing … Continue reading

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Pavel Haas Quartet, once more

I have mentioned this young Czech quartet a couple of times before in this blog, to rave about their great recording of Dvořák’s American Quartet, and about some truly wonderful radio broadcasts of them playing Beethoven and Schubert. Today we … Continue reading

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The Pavel Haas Quartet again [updated]

Driving back and forth to the town dump with a load of garden waste, I unexpectedly caught on the radio  — with an innocent ear — a concert performance of (most of) the first Rasumovsky quartet. It was stunningly good. … Continue reading

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Touched by greatness

A very moving concert last night. In the small Peterhouse Theatre (a lovely space for intimate music), Menahem Pressler played Beethoven’s A-flat major sonata, Op. 110, Debussy’s Estampes, and then Schubert’s last piano sonata D. 960. He talked touchingly at the beginning … Continue reading

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