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Leoš Janáček

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

The Kreutzer Sonata & Intimate Letters

  • Type CD
  • Label Lawo Classics
  • UPC 7090020181363
  • Catalog number LWC 1124
  • Release date 07 April 2017
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The idea of arranging Janacek's two string quartets for string orchestra has implicated two different approaches for me. The first is timbral: while the quartets' ever-changing dramatics make it challenging to ''resonate'' with the solo instruments in a string quartet, the collective sound of the orchestra adds a new dimension to the music. The other approach was to incorporate Leo Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata into Janacek's music of the same name, and thereby introduce a new form of drama. In his quartet, Janacek does not follow the storyline of Tolstoy's novella as closely as Arnold Schoenberg once did with his musical setting of Richard Dehmel's poem, Verklarte Nacht. However Janacek's writing brings on intense emotions with strong linguistic and theatrical gestures, which, in my opinion, would be further reinforced in direct connection with the novella. Tentatively, we introduced a selection of quotes from the novella in our concerts and this eventually led t

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    STRING QUARTET NO 1, THE KREUTZER SONATA I. Adagio – Con moto
     
    04:33
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    STRING QUARTET NO 1, THE KREUTZER SONATA II. Con moto
     
    04:28
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    STRING QUARTET NO 1, THE KREUTZER SONATA III. Con moto – Vivace – Andante – Tempo I
     
    04:10
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    STRING QUARTET NO 1, THE KREUTZER SONATA IV. Con moto – Adagio – Più mosso
     
    05:48
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    STRING QUARTET NO 2, INTIMATE LETTERS I. Andante – Con Moto – Allegro
     
    05:58
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    STRING QUARTET NO 2, INTIMATE LETTERS II. Adagio – Vivace – Andante – Presto – Allegro – Vivo – Adagio
     
    05:16
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    STRING QUARTET NO 2, INTIMATE LETTERS III. Moderato – Adagio – Allegro
     
    05:09
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    STRING QUARTET NO 2, INTIMATE LETTERS IV. Allegro – Andante – Con Moto – Adagio – Tempo I
     
    08:01
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    THE KREUTZER SONATA – Dramatisation in English
     
    54:16
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    THE KREUTZER SONATA – Dramatisation in Norwegian
     
    55:23

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