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Dvorák : Intégrale des quatuors ŕ cordes. Quatuor Stamitz.
Format : 10 CD Digibox
Total Time : 10:17:48

Recording : 1987-1993
Location : Prague
Country : Autriche
Sound : Stereo

Label : Brilliant Classics
Catalog No. : BRIL95498
EAN : 5028421954981
Price Code : DM039A

Publishing Year : 2017
Release Date : 01/11/2017

Genre : Classical
Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
"Echo of Songs", Liebeslieder pour quatuor ŕ cordes, B 152
n° 1 "I know that on my love"
n° 2 "Death reigns"
n° 3 "When thy sweet glances"
n° 4 "Never will love lead us"
n° 5 "Here gaze I"
n° 6 "O charming, golden rose"
n° 7 "I wander oft"
n° 8 "In deepest forest glade"
n° 9 "Thou only dear one"
n° 10 "There stands an ancient rock"
n° 11 "Nature lies peaceful"
n° 12 "You are asking why"
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 1 en la majeur, op. 2, B 8
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 2 en si bémol majeur, B 17
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 3 en ré majeur, B 18
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 4 en mi mineur, B 19
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 5 en fa mineur, op. 9, B 37
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 6 en la mineur, op. 12, B 40
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 7 en la mineur, op. 16, B 45
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 8 en mi majeur, op. 80, B 57
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 9 en ré mineur, op. 34, B 75
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 10 en mi bémol majeur, op. 51, B 92 "Salvanic"
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 11 en do majeur, op. 61, B 122
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 12 en fa majeur, op. 96, B 179 "American"
Quatuor ŕ cordes n° 13 en sol majeur, op. 196, B 192
Terzet en do majeur, op. 74, B 149
2 Valses, op. 54, B 105
Quaterttsatz en fa majeur, B 120

Quatuor Stamitz
Bohuslav Matousek, violon
Josef Kekula, violon
Jan Perucka, alto
Vladimir Peixner, violoncelle

Given their infrequent appearances on concert programmes, Dvorák’s string quartets have done rather well in the recorded catalogues. There are several recordings of the complete cycle of 16 works, which span the composer’s career. A couple have been made by native ensembles from the composer’s Czech homeland but also a couple more by central-European ensembles such as the Stamitz Quartet, who since their foundation in 1985 have been known as leading interpreters of Czech repertoire. The approach of the Stamitz Quartet is quite different from either the Panocha or Prague ensembles, noted David Hurwitz in Classics Today: ‘more relaxed, less rhythmically charged, and gracious in an old-world sort of way… The group also gives unusual stature to the somewhat formally scattered early works, particularly the monstrous Third Quartet, which at 72 minutes has to be just about the all-time longest string quartet that ostensibly observes the rules of classical form.’ Taken as a whole, the quartets chart the evolution of Dvorák’s style, from his interest in Wagnerian music in the years prior to 1870 – in the String Quartet in D major – to the folk-infused works of his later life, such as the String Quartet in G major Op.106, and show the influence of his time in the United States, with the String Quartet in F Op.96 'American'. If the only Dvorák quartet that you’re familiar with is the ‘American’, then this set will provide an embarkation point for what should prove an immensely fruitful musical journey. The late quartets in particular are shaped by the oscillations between varied weather and song that sit at the heart of the three late symphonies.

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