S0732. JANACEK QUARTET: Quartet #16 in E-flat, K.428 (Mozart); 'Intimate Letters' Quartet #2 (Janácek); Quartet #14 in A-flat (Dvorak). (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-753, Live Performance, 7 May, 1971, Budapest. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“The Janacek Quartet was formed in 1947 by students of Vasa Cerny at the Conservatory of Brno, originally under the name JAMU Quartet. The quartet initially concentrated mainly on Janacek 's chamber works. In 1949 the ensemble changed its name to Janacek Quartet, after the Moravian composer Leos Janacek. Travnicek had some musical ties with him (he was a student of Frantisek Kudlacek, a member of Moravian Quartet that premiered Janacek’s ‘Intimate Letters’ String Quartet #2, and edited the work in cooperation with the composer).
The substitution of Adolf Sykora for Miroslav Matyas in 1952 was the only personnel change during the first twenty-five years, until the death of Jiri Travnicek in 1973. Winning a competition in the former West Berlin in 1955 opened the door to great concert halls and since then they have gained international recognition. Recordings by the quartet have won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix of the Charles Cros Academy, and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (both for recording of Janacek’s String Quartets). The Janacek Quartet has made recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Supraphon, Eterna, Decca and other labels."