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Composers from Theresienstadt

The La Roche Quartet

Hans Krása

SKU: 3792

Year of release: 1992

Quartet for Two Violins, Viola & Violoncello 22:17
1. Moderato Hans Krása 07:22
2. Prestissimo Hans Krása 06:22
3. Molto lento e tranquillo Hans Krása 08:32
4. Tanz (Dance) for String Trio Hans Krása 06:16
Three Songs for Baritone, Clarinet, Viola and 04:43
5. Čtyřverší (Four-Verse) Hans Krása 01:21
6. Vzrušení (Excitement) Hans Krása 01:39
7. Přatelé (Friends) Hans Krása 01:42
8. Thema mit Variationen für Streichquartett Hans Krása 09:35
Total time: 42:52

About this album

Hans Krása “Friends called him ‘the rascal of the century’ and they had good reason for it. His slim, moderately bent figure, neglected elegance, and a face imprinted with many life stories, all revealed a man touched by the hand of the turn-of-the-century decadence, a man who gave an impression of being dependent and in need of care. And the latter he received from all sides. He was well-liked for his gentle manners and scintillating humour, which sometimes bordered on sarcasm. Humour transcended in undiminished measure also into his music. However, we do not find in it any trace of decadence, which had marked his appearance; penetrating intellect, education and perfect orientation toward contemporary ideology brought into his music a great deal of the rationale – ‘too great a deal of the rationale’, as the unfriendly criticism would have said.”…

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American Record Guide

(...) One hope that more music by Krása will be recorded.

Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

(...) Was die tsechische Musik mit Hans Krása verlor, läßt das vorliegende Kammermusik-Programm allenfalls ahnen. (...)


(...) Wederom een intrigerende, aangrijpende cd van Channel Classics.


(...) Fresh-sounding and full of irony and humor (...)


(...) Met behoud van eigen identiteit ontdekken de 4 spelers van binnenuit schijnbaar als vanzelf een gemeenschappelijke taal. (...)


The CD is even more of a testament to the courage of these musicians because of the scintillating humor that pervades this Czech composer’s music (...)


Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerBert van der Wolf
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateMarch 1992
Recording LocationSchlosskirche Bad Homburg, Germany
EditingBert van der Wolf
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl