Thursday, November 3, 2011:In Concert
Mozart was only 27 when he wrote his String Quartet in D Minor in 1783. That’s about the same age as Czech violist Jiří Kabát, who performed the piece as a member of the Vlach Quartet Prague Oct 25 in the Prague Symphony’s Chamber Music series.
Interestingly, the Vlach Quartet’s Mozart was then followed by the quartet’s performance of another string quartet – String Quartet No. 1 – composed by Mr Kabát himself. (You can read more about the inspiration for Mr Kabát’s quartet in Opus Osm’s interview published Oct 18.)
It was a treat to watch the extraordinary communication among the members of the superb Vlach Quartet – Jana Vlachová, violin; Karel Stadtherr, violin; Mr Kabát, viola; and Mikael Ericsson, cello – as you can see in a small excerpt from their Oct 25 performance of String Quartet No. 1 by clicking on the video here:
This piece was followed by the guest appearance of German pianist Dirk Joeres, who joined the Vlach Quartet Prague on Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major. Mr Joeres is the permanent guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London. Watch a short excerpt from their performance by clicking here:
–oo — Mary Matz
Photo Credits: Photos and Videos: Miroslav Setnička