With a discography of over thirty award winning recordings, the Pražák Quartet is said to be one of the most frequently awarded quartets in the world. Founded in 1972 by four students at the Prague Conservatory, two of its members have changed since (Pavel Hula and Michal Kanka replaced their colleagues as first violinist and cellist), but the strong identity of the group remained.
The repertoire of the Pražák Quartet embraces a period lasting from the classical times to the post-Romantic ones. A few recordings of works from the 20th century (namely their Schoenberg album released in 2007) recently enlarged their repertoire even more.
This programme features two works by Rihm and two others by Beethoven. And this choice is no coincidence! Wolfgang Rihm's inspiration is no foreign to the beethovenian classicism. The musicologist Bernard Fournier recalls Rihm's personal formula: "Beethoven is a goal." A manifesto against the hyper-constructivism claimed by some avant-gardes, says Fournier.
Ce concert sera également diffusé en direct sur www.citedelamusiquelive.tv et www.arteliveweb.com. Il sera retransmis sur France Musique le 12 février 2012 à 18h10.
© Picture: Guy Vivien
Concert at the Bouffes du Nord (Paris)