Škampa Quartet

One of the most distinguished of the Czech Republic's many fine chamber ensembles, the Škampa Quartet was founded in 1989 and has played for the Society several times. Maintaining a stylistic continuity through changes of personnel, they bring authority to everything they play, most especially the music of their homeland.  

There is nothing 'juvenile' about Beethoven's earliest quartets - he grabs the listener's attention from the first bar and the slow movement is an emotional tour-de-force.  The last of Bohuslav Martinů's seven quartets was composed in New York in an optimistic mood, as he was hopeful of returning to his native Prague.   Famed for its slow movement, whose glorious cello tune was used in the Broadway musical Kismet, Borodin's quartet holds pride of place in the Russian romantic chamber repertoire.  

'The players’ attention to detail brought forth every nuance of the varying timbres and textures. In the Finale, I doubt that there was a foot in the Hall that was not tapping to the beat of the vigorous dance that the Škampa launched with joyful freedom.'

Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard International, 2014