Newcastle Chamber Music Society: Škampa Quartet
Beethoven Quartet in F, Op.18 No.1
Martinů Quartet No.7 ‘Concerto da Camera’
Borodin Quartet No.2 in D
Škampa Quartet was founded in 1989 and has played for the Society several times. Part of a long and respected Czech trandition, they were mentored in their early career by the legendary Smetana Quartet, and the Quartet is named after its violist Milan Škampa.
There is nothing ‘juvenile’ about Beethoven’s earliest quartets – he grabs the listener’s attention from the first bar and the slow movement is an emotional tour-de-force. The last of Bohuslav Martinů’s seven quartets was composed in New York in an optimistic mood, as he was hopeful of returning to his native Prague. Famed for its slow movement, whose glorious cello tune was used in the Broadway musical Kismet, Borodin’s quartet holds pride of place in the Russian romantic chamber repertoire.
‘The players’ attention to detail brought forth every nuance of the varying timbres and textures. In the Finale, I doubt that there was a foot in the Hall that was not tapping to the beat of the vigorous dance that the Škampa launched with joyful freedom.’ Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International, 2014
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