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Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

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Dvorák – Quintets

Dvorák – Quintets


Dvorak:

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77

(with double bass)


Kathryn Stott (piano) & Laurène Durantel (double bass)

Škampa Quartet

“Dvorák's 'Double Bass' Quintet, from the mid 1870s… benefits from the crystallisation of his mature style. …this superb performance goes very much to the head of the field.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 *****

“…bright, idiomatic performances of both these attractive quintets, making an excellent coupling. The relatively fast speeds chosen by the Skampa seem to enhance the rhythmic resilience of these performances, with the light, bright recording enhancing the impact of both works. Kathryn Stott makes a most sympathetic partner in the Piano Quintet...” Gramophone Magazine, October 2007

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Dvorák, Fibich & Martinu - Piano Trios

Dvorák, Fibich & Martinu - Piano Trios


Dvorak:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21 (B51)

Fibich:

Piano Trio in F minor

Martinu:

Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, H327


Smetana Trio

“As with their previous recordings, there is nothing routine about the Smetana Trio's approach to this engaging repertoire. The performance of the Dvorák Trio is perhaps the most remarkable. The first movement has breadth as well as, in the delightful second melody, infectious bounce; the soulful Adagio is genuinely moving and the finale splendidly rounded...” BBC Music Magazine, November 2007 ****

“Not surprisingly, the performance by the Smetana Trio – cellist Jan Pálenícek is the son of the original Smetana Trio pianist, Josef – is thoroughly idiomatic, with the many dumka speed-changes sounding totally natural and spontaneous. What instantly strikes the ear is the delicacy, the piano relatively light to bring out the filigree textures of much of the writing.” Gramophone Magazine

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Dvořák, Suk, Janáček: Violin Concertos

Dvořák, Suk, Janáček: Violin Concertos


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Janacek:

Violin Concerto 'Pilgrimage of the Soul'

Suk:

Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 24


Dvořák – Suk – Janáček. Three very different composers with three different stories, and yet there is a great closeness and spiritual kinship between them.

Dvořák’s op. 53 is now part of the repertoire of all the world’s great violinists, however even that greatest of virtuosi, Joseph Joachim – the man to whom Dvořák dedicated the work – helped search for and was closely involved in shaping the concerto's final form.

Suk’s Fantasy in G minor is, internally, a highly diverse work, a kind of virtuoso, rhapsodic symphonic poem for violin that stands on the threshold of a new and momentous creative period in the composer’s work.

And what of Janáček: he already had a name for his intended violin concerto, "The Wandering of a Little Soul", but in the end he used the material he had collected in his final opera "From the House of the Dead". The material from which the concerto was later reconstructed is typical Janáček: sharply defined, with great energy and urgency.

The 28-‐year old violinist Josef Špaček, a laureate of the keenly watched Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, recorded these concerts live with "his" Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under it's principal conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.

“[The Janáček] is given a superb, heart-rending performance here by Josef Špaček backed by the deep understanding that Jiří Bělohlávek brings especially to the music of his native country. That is equally true of the Dvořák Concerto...Špaček is a compelling protagonist here, with a richness and piquancy of timbre that contributes to an interpretation not merely of virtuosity and flair but also of expressiveness.” The Telegraph, 26th April 2015 ****

“the violinist’s individual, deeply considered and virtuosic account of Dvorak’s solo part is the highlight of this keenly conceived programme. He is extrovert in the dancing rhythms of the outer Allegros and spellbindingly inward in the serene Adagio. In this repertoire, Spacek is second to none today.” Sunday Times, 26th April 2015

“the young Joseph Špaček reminded me more both of his great forebear Josef Suk and, at times of David Oistrakh. It's mostly to do with the firm cut of his bowing, the clarity of his articulation and the sureness of his rhythmic attack. His tone is sweetly expressive but he varies it according to the dictates of the passing musical phrase.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“If anything Josef Špaček, the young concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, makes an even more powerful impression than his illustrious predecessor [Josef Suk]. His is a full-blooded performance with the Czech Philharmonic under its music director with him all the way…[this] young violinist has embarked on what is a very promising career.” MusicWeb International, June 2015

“This is a boldly imaginative gathering of Czech works for solo violin and orchestra…Josef Špaček, with Jiří Bělohlávek's wonderfully attentive orchestral accompaniment, produces a near-ideal interpretation [of the Suk]…many will warm to Špaček's soft-grained tone, especially in the slow movement [of the Dvorak].” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

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Dvorak & Suk - Music for Violin & Piano

Dvorak & Suk - Music for Violin & Piano


Dvorak:

Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57 (B 106)

Nocturne in B major for violin & piano, Op. 40 (B48a)

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Kreisler:

Slavonic Dances

transcription of Dvorak Slavonic Dances Op. 46/2, 72/1 & 72/8

Suk:

Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17


Pavel Šporcl (violin) & Petr Jirikovsky (piano)

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Dvorak & Suk: Orchestral Miniatures

Dvorak & Suk: Orchestral Miniatures


Dvorak:

Festival March in C major, Op. 54

Polonaise in E flat major for orchestra, B100

Polka in B flat major, Op. 53a/1 'For Prague Students'

Prague Waltzes, B99

Waltzes, Op. 54

Suk:

Fantastické Scherzo Op. 25


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Dvorak & Suk: Piano Quartets

Dvorak & Suk: Piano Quartets


Dvorak:

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 87

Suk:

Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1


The mature Antonín Dvořák vs. the teenage Josef Suk – a duel with two victors.

Recorded at the Concert Hall of the Prague Conservatrory 2016.

Works by Antonín Dvořák and Josef Suk – a teacher and his devoted pupil, the father-in-law and his son-inlaw – have customarily been performed together at concerts and featured next to each other on recordings. Yet that is all they have in common.

Dvořák’s Opus 87 reveals the personal and creative maturity of the 48-year-old composer, who at the time was in the prime of his life. Soon after completing his quartet, the maestro assumed the post of professor of composition at the Prague Conservatory. This decision would prove to be fateful – yet not so much for himself as it would be for the 17-year-old Suk, who was one of the most gifted students of Dvořák’s selected class. A child prodigy, Suk had enrolled at the conservatory at the age of 16, and a few years later he would be travelling around the world as a member of the famed Czech Quartet. He gave his Piano Quartet, which he wrote under Dvořák’s guidance, the symbolical opus number 1. The piece reflects his contemporary auto-stylisation as a passionate, flaring youth, yet its melodic forcibility and tenderness match that of Dvořák’s work.

The Josef Suk Piano Quartet (formerly the Ensemble Taras) has manifested its extraordinary qualities at international competitions (victory at the Concorso Salieri-Zinetti in Verona, the ACM Premio Trio di Trieste), as well as on concert stages all over the world.

The recording makes it evident that the young musicians have Dvořák and Suk in their blood.

“they play with huge sound, loving detail and the kind of conviction and authority that comes from personal connection.” The Guardian, 20th July 2017 ****

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Dvorak & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos

Dvorak & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Jiří Bělohlávek


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Dvorak: Biblical and Gypsy Songs

Dvorak: Biblical and Gypsy Songs


Dvorak:

Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99

Gypsy Melodies (7), Op. 55 (B104)

Abendlieder, Op. 3

Liebeslieder (8), Op. 83


Vera Soukupova, Jindrich Jindrak, Beno Blachut, Ivan Moravec, Alfred Holecek, Ferdinand Pohlreich

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Dvorak: Cello Concerto


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181


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Dvorak: Cello Concertos

Dvorak: Cello Concertos


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in A major, B10

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


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