Smetana - String Quartet No 2 in D minor
Type of Spiritual Experience
Smetana’s second String Quartet, in D minor, written in 1882–83 in defiance of his doctor's orders to refrain from all musical activity, was composed in short snatches, "a swirl of music of a person who has lost his hearing."
It represents Smetana's frustrations with his life, but is not wholly gloomy, and includes a bright polka.
It was one of his final compositions; between the two quartets he wrote a violin and piano duet From the homeland, a mixture of melancholy and happiness with strong affinity to Czech folk material.
A description of the experience
Violin I Jiří Novák
Violin II Lubomír Kostecký
Viola Milan Škampa
Cello Antonín Kohout
Smetana Quartet: Bedrich Smetana, String Quartet N.2 in D minor - Cuarteto Smetana: Bedrich Smetana, Cuarteto para cuerdas N.2 en re menor