Richmond Concert Society

  • Haydn - String Quartet in G, Hob. III:58, Op. 54 No. 1
  • Janaček - String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"
  • Dvořak - String Quartet No. 13 in G, Op. 106

The Škampa Quartet is among the very finest of an outstanding group of current Czech string quartets that have represented their country in major Concert Halls around the world for twenty five years.

Through its mentors, the legendary Smetana Quartet, it traces its roots to the earliest quartets - such as the Bohemian Quartet - in a land described in the 18th century as the Conservatoire of Europe and that remains, to this day, the very cradle of European Chamber Music.

To this innate musicality, it has added its own particular research to inform its understanding of the folk-song and poetry, rhythms and dance from which its native music grew - to the extent that its recordings of the quartets by Janacek and Smetana particularly are quoted as the bench-marks against which other performances are judged.

This research resulted in, among other things, the production of an illustrated talk - "Janacek and his Moravian Roots" - and led to collaboration with singer Iva Bittova which successfully crossed many musical boundaries.

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