The Czech composer Zdeněk Lukáš, hardly known in this country, wrote a large oeuvre, often inspired by Czech folklore. His ‘low’ duo contains ‘high’ demands for the performers. Four composers writing in perfect cooperation? Unthinkable, but in this special string quartet four Russian composers wrote a tribute to the music publisher Mitrofan Petrovich Belayeff, at the occasion of his 5oth birthday. Each of them composed one movement, and all four did use with conviction the three tones that are contained in the name Belayeff: B-La-F, or B-Flat-A-F. This unique cooperation resulted in this ‘quartet by a quartet, seldom heard in concert halls.
Zdeněk Lukáš (1928-2007) Duo di Basso op.210 (1987)
Peter Karetnikov violoncello & Toby Hughes double bass
Nikolaj Rimski-Korsakov(1844-1908)/Anatoli Ljadov (1855-1914)/ Aleksandr Borodin (1833-1887)/Aleksandr Glazounov (1865-1908) Quartet on the name B-la-f (1886)
Rusquartet: Xenia Gamaris violin, Anna Yanchishina violin, Ksenia Zhuleva viola, Peter Karetnikov violoncello