Formed in 1976 and taking its current name in 1985, the Martinů Quartet makes a long-overdue debut with the Society. It is renowned not only for its fine performances and recordings, but also for its unique courses in which students and amateurs form ensembles with a member of the quartet, who coaches them from within: learning Janáček by playing alongside these musicians is an unforgettable experience! Haydn's quartet, despite its minor key, has a high-spirited finale which leaves us with a smile.  Janáček's second quartet is inspired by his amorous correspondence with a much younger woman, Kamila Stösslová, the muse for his late flowering as a composer. The second movement of Dvořák's last quartet was described as 'one of the loveliest and most profound slow movements in Dvořák's creation'.


This new reading [CD of Dvořák] would be hard to better, too, bringing playing of fire, energy and intelligence from these players, who seem totally at one with the work and play it with reverential concern for even the smallest detail of attack, phrasing and dynamics.

International Record Review, 2012

Martinů String Quartet