Portsmouth Chamber Music Series: Pražák Quartet

The Pražák Quartet makes a long awaited return visit on Monday 21 February, 7.30pm in the Guildhall. They last played in our second series back in January 2006!

Since then they’ve had a change of leader; I had the pleasure of hearing Jana Vonášková three years ago in Petworth and she is really excellent. The programme features a little known work by Erwin Schulhoff together with the wonderful Harp quartet by Beethoven. In the second half you’ll be treated to Dvorak’s finest quartet – his late G major which has the most beautiful slow movement he ever wrote.

The Pražák Quartet is one of today’s leading international chamber music ensembles. It was established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory, and won major chamber music prizes early on, including first prize at the prestigious Evian String Quartet Competition, along with a special recording prize from Radio France. Since then, the quartet has gained attention for its place in the unique Czech quartet tradition, and for its musical virtuosity.

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