Pražák String Quartet – CANCELLED!!



Jana Vonášková and Vlastimil Holek violins, Josef Klusoň viola, Michal Kaňka cello

Haydn   Quartet in F Op 77 No 2
Dvořák   Quartettsatz in F B120
Karel Janovický   Quartet No 4 (UK première)
Dvořák   Quartet in G Op 106

The Pražák Quartet, last here for two very well received concerts in the 2018 Leamington Music Festival, returns with a sole movement of a quartet by Dvořák as well as his penultimate. Leamington salutes Karel Janovický in his ninetieth year with the UK première of his latest quartet; he has lived in London for many years and also been with the Dvořák Society to some of our festivals.

The final concert in the Investec International String Quartet Season

Pražák String Quartet

Jana Vonášková and Vlastimil Holek violins
Josef Kluson viola
Michal Kanka cello

Suk Quartet No 1 in B flat Op 11
Smetana Quartet No 2 in D minor
Dvořák Quartet No 10 in E flat Op 51

In the first of four lunchtime concerts, the Pražák Quartet’s second concert in the Festival offers three late Romantic quartets written in a period of just over thirty years; the Dvorak in 1878-9, the Smetana in 1883 and the Suk in 1911. It promises to be fascinating and some aperitif!

Pražák String Quartet with Ivan Klánský piano

Jana Vonášková and Vlastimil Holek violins
Josef Kluson viola
Michal Kanka cello

Suk Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale ‘Saint Wenceslas’ Op 35a
Smetana Quartet No 1 in E minor
Dvořák Piano Quintet in A Op 81

This leading Czech Quartet performs in Leamington for the first time, but the new leader, Jana Vonášková, has played in the Royal Pump Rooms several times in duos and a piano trio.  The Pražák is joined by Ivan Klánský of the Guarneri Piano Trio  for Antonin Dvorak’s popular Piano Quintet and the programme starts with an important work by his son in law Josef Suk, followed by the extra-ordinary first of the two quartets by Bedřich Smetana, regarded as the founder of Czech music.

Concert generously supported by Hugh Beale

The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3