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Published on Oct 5, 2012
A deeply-felt performance of this evocative and rarely-heard late pendant to Czech romanticism, from the Stamic Quartet at the 2012 Indian Summer in Levoca Festival.
I: Allegro grazioso II: Adagio cantabile- Allegretto malinconico III. Allegro
Foerster, like his contemporary Leos Janacek (1854-1928), was part of the 'bridge generation' rooted in the Romanticism of Dvořak and Smetana and whose latter days coincided with radically new directions of music. Throughout his long and active career, Foerster however stayed true to the spirit of his earlier days when he had known, amongst others, Dvořak himself, Mahler and Tchaikovsky; echoes of all of these can be heard in his refined, lyrical and intimate Fourth Quartet, written in 1944 when the composer was 85. The first movement grows out of the expressive theme first announced as a solo; the wistful second movement has something of the spirit of a serenade, counterpoised with a folk-dance interlude; whilst the last movement has a gossamer texture through which the intensity of the former two movements is allowed to relax, before the opening atmosphere is recalled at the end.