Smetana’s Homeland Sounds.

Smetana: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2.

Like the music of Antonin Dvorak, composer Bedřich Smetana succeeded in painting his native Czech countryside. And his two quartets show us this country in it full passion and excitement.

On this new recording we hear the following:


Performed by the Pavel Haas Quartet.

The Pavel Haas Quartet was formed in 2002 and bears the name of a Czech composer who lived in the first half of the 20th century.

Since 2004 the Quartet has won many prestigious awards, including first place in the Prague Spring International Music Festival.

Gramophone Magazine wrote that the Pavel Haas Quartet “represents the best qualities of the Czech tradition – warmth, sonorousness, individuality, intensity.”

Here is Smetana’s string quartet #1