Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 14 in A flat major, Op. 105, B. 193
I. Adagio ma non troppo: Allegro appassionato
II. Molto vivace
III. Lento e molto cantabile
IV. Allegro non tanto
“The real prize here is the Terzetto for two violins and viola, a minor masterpiece that Dvořák wrote for himself and two of his friends to play. Try the gently pulsing Larghetto; note how intuitively the Smetanas chart the crest of each phrase, their brightly glowing pooled tone, their unanimous attack in the dramatic middle section and the expressive projection of important counter-material. The Scherzo has just the right bracing air of engagement, a slimmed-down Slavonic Dance in all but name.”
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