Czech quartet, Dvorak close CMB season

  • Mar 24, 2011
The peaceful town of Spillville, Iowa, population 386, prides itself on the Bily Clocks museum and on being the birthplace of one of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s most famous works—the String Quartet in F, known as the American. Composed during the composer’s Iowa summer sojourn in 1893, the American can be heard in authentic fashion—by a band of Czech musicians on American turf—when the Pavel Haas Quartet performs for ChamberMusic@Beall Sunday, April 10 at 3 pm. [caption id="attachment_3870" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Photo: Marco Borggreve"][/caption] The group clearly knows how to get to the heart of this music. Spotlighted as a "Disc of the Month" by BBC Music magazine, Pavel Haas's CD of Dvorak's American was described as "passionate and clear-sighted...with a premium on expressive detail." It received the highest rating, five stars. "One of the most polished and musically exciting young string quartets in the world today," (The Washington Post) the Pavel Haas quartet has earned an impressive list of awards and honors. It won the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in Spring 2005, took part in the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists program from 2007–2009, and was awarded the 2010 Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Still, among these winnings, the group has mostly won over audiences—from the Edinburgh International Festival to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, from Carnegie Hall to Wigmore Hall. In Beall Hall, the quartet will perform three divertimenti from Benjamin Britten and Shostakovitch’s Quartet No. 10, a bold work blitzed through completion by the composer in just ten days, before closing with Dvorak’s piece. The quartet takes its name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944) who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later. Tickets for the final concert of the ChamberMusic@Beall season are on sale through the Hult Center and at the Beall Hall box office on the day of the concert. Mark Samples delivers a free introductory talk at 2:10 pm. [caption id="attachment_3866" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Photo: Marco Borggreve"][/caption]