Price: $200.00

NEAR MINT CONDITION

THE SMETANA STRING QUARTET

Autographed original Rosegnal of Prauge autographed photograph by all four members, c. 1956.  The photograph is signed by 1st violinist Jiri Novak, 2nd violinist Lubomir Kostecky, violist Milan Skampa and cellist Antonin Kohout.

The quartet was started in 1943 by Vaclav Neumann, Lubomir Kostecky, Jiri Neumann and Antonin Kohout.  In 1945, Jiri Neumann left and Vaclav took over the viola and they added Jaroslav Rybensky.  In 1947 Neumann left to conduct and they added Jiri Novak and Rybensky took over the viola.  In 1956 Rybensky left due to physical ailments and they added Milan Skampa.

The hallmark of the quartet was they played everything from memory.  That special feature lasted until 1974 when they played the Czech music from memory and all other music from the score.  The group as seen her lasted until 1989.  The Quartet is considered by the cognoscenti to be the finest of the post World War II Czech string quartets.

Many recordings!

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