A life of music

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The famous Smetana Quartet plays the famous Smetana Quartet:

0:00​ I. Allegro vivo appasionato
8:00​ II. Allegro moderato a la Polka
13:47​ III. Largo sostenuto
22:11​ IV. Vivace. Meno presto


The. Pavel Haas Quartet in a recording that won both The Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine awards. The performance isn’t continuous; each movement’s in a separate YouTube video file.

I. Allegro vivo appassionato
II. Allegro moderato a la Polka
III. Largo sostenuto
IV. Vivace. Meno presto


The Talich Quartet, winners of several Grand Prix du Disque. As above, the performance isn’t continuous so each movement’s in a separate YouTube video file.

I. Allegro vivo appassionato
II. Allegro moderato a la Polka
III. Largo sostenuto
IV. Vivace. Meno presto



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