"A magical, masterful Tokyo Quartet" - Globe and Mail
Martin Beaver, violin; Kikuei Ikeda, violin
Kazuhide Isomura, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello
TOKYO STRING QUARTET
After 43 years, one of the great chamber ensembles of our time leaves the concert stage at the end of the 2013 concert season. For their valedictory release, the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet presents a pair of the group's favorite chamber works that offer a glimpse into the private world of two Czech composers. Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana - although they were sometimes regarded as musical opposites in their homeland - together came to represent the quintessential sound of 19th-century Czech music.
The Music Lesson
This special collection was created in celebration of an exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels commissioned by musician and conductor William Christie and contemporary artist Michaël Borremans. Watteau, la leçon de musique, invites the listener to discover the music that is ever-present in the works of Antoine Watteau, an early eighteenth-century painter known for his fêtes galantes — paintings of the upper class in idealized natural settings, often playing or listening to music. Watteau was also friends with many musicians and was able to accurately capture their movements in his work. Featuring works by Lully, Vivaldi, Couperin and other contemporaries, this release invokes the unbreakable link between art and music. Performers include René Jacobs, William Christie, Bernarda Fink and Paul O’Dette.view
Tokyo String Quartet
On their valedictory release, the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet presents a pair of the group’s favorite chamber works that offer a glimpse into the private world of two Czech composers. Antonín Dvorák and Bedrich Smetana — although they were sometimes regarded as musical opposites in their homeland — together came to represent the quintessential sound of 19th-century Czech music.view
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