Janácek: String Quartets / Melos Quartet
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Leos Janácek (1854-1928) String Quartet No.1: "Kreutzer Sonata" (1923); String Quartet No.2: "Intimate Letters" (1928)
'Search within yourselves and be true'...or music as a witness to a rule of life: Janácek's only precept is perfectly illustrated in these two autobiographical masterpieces. The subject of the First Quartet (1923) is the conjugal drama described by Tolstoy in his Kreutzer Sonata, even if Janácek's is not absolutely faithful to his model...As for the Second Quartet (Intimate Letters) of 1928, it is an extremely elaborate chronicle of a late love of the 'old white-maned lion'....