Jana Vonášková violin
Vlastimil Holek violin
Josef Klusoň viola
Michal Kaňka cello
Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, WoO 6
String Quartet in D major
String Quartet n. 1 in E minor From My Life
The 35-year old Pražák Quartet – founded in 1972 by students of the Prague Conservatory – is reputed for being one of the best quartets moulded in the Bohemian tradition. For its LuganoMusica concert – the second evening of a mini spring quartet festival – the Pražák Quartet has selected two works from the Second Viennese School that are strongly influenced by Brahms, Dvořák and Mahler: Arnold Schönberg’s Quartet in D major (published posthumously without an opus number) and the Slow movement for string quartet of his pupil Anton Webern. In the second half of the programme, the Pražák Quartet will perform Bedřich Smetana’s Quartet No 1 in E minor ("From My Life"), a composition that opened a new era in the field of Czech chamber music. The autobiographical content of this highly original work marks its presence in quartet’s four movements like a programme ("I wanted to trace the course of my life in music" said Smetana).