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Feb 6, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


Saturday, February 6 at 7pm, Czech Center NY at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, mezi 1st a 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10021




Saturday, February 6 at 7pm 

Czech Center NY at the Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, mezi 1st a 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10021


Admission fee $15.00
Members of CCClub $10.00



MOZART: String Quartet in G Major, K. 80
MARTINŮ: String Quartet No. 7, "Concerto da camera"

DVOŘÁK: String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106


This concert is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes in duration with intermission.

Jiří Panocha, violin
Pavel Zejfart, violin
Miroslav Sehmoutka, viola
Jaroslav Kulhan, cello

The Panocha Quartet is regarded by many critics and concertgoers as the finest Czech quartet from the latter twentieth and early twenty first centuries. Not surprisingly, the group has focused much of its attention on Czech repertory, with Dvořák, Janáček, Smetana, Martinu, and others often dominating their concert programs and recordings. But their repertory must ultimately be judged as broad and inclusive of many styles and periods as it encompasses works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, Bartók, Shostakovich, and other lesser-known non-Czech composers. The ensemble has made numerous, highly successful recordings, mostly for the Czech label Supraphon.
In 1968 a group of four talented student string players at the Prague Conservatory formed the Panocha Quartet. The name they chose comes from the ensemble's lead member, first violinist Jiří Panocha. The group's other players are violinist Pavel Zejfart, violist Miroslav Sehnoutka, and cellist Jaroslav Kulhan.
The Panocha Quartet built its reputation steadily in the early years of its career, achieving its first significant breakthrough in 1975 at the Prague International String Quartet Competition, where the group captured first prize. Other important awards and citations followed quickly, including the Bordeaux Gold Medal in 1976. The first recordings began attracting attention in the coming years, and for these early efforts the group received several awards, including the Paris-based Grand Prix Academy Charles Cros in 1983. This latter honor was given for a critically acclaimed Supraphon disc of the Martinu Fourth and Sixth quartets.
In the latter decades of the twentieth century and the early years of the new millennium, the Panocha Quartet concertized busily, traveling to festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, Australia, and numerous exotic locales, as well. During that time the quartet also made more than 15 tours of the United States and Canada. In addition, the Panocha players managed to build up a sizable discography for the Supraphon label, including a cycle of the Dvořák quartets (as well as other works to make up the Czech master's complete chamber output) that many critics consider definitive. Other studio efforts included the 2004 release of the Fibich Piano Quartet, Op. 11, and the Quintet, Op. 42, with guest artists Marian Lapsansky http://www.answers.com/topic/marian-lapsansky>  (piano), Ludmila Peterkova (clarinet), and Vladimira Klanska (French horn).


Listen the music on: http://www.rhapsody.com/panocha-quartet




321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Feb 6, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM



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