Dvořák: 'American Quartet' and Quintet

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Dvořák: 'American Quartet' and Quintet


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2017

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30th June 2017




61 minutes


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Dvořák: 'American Quartet' and Quintet


String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'

Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)



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Following a very successful concert at the Music Room of Champs Hill, the renowned Škampa Quartet returned to Champs Hill to record this disc featuring Antonín Dvořák’s American String Quartet and Quintet Opp. 96-97, joined by violist Krzysztof Chorzelski for the latter.

The quartet talk about their choice of repertoire: “We were seduced by the charming coincidence of both opus numbers having been destined for string quartet, while the preceding work, Op.95, happens to be nothing smaller than the monumental Symphony No. 9, the ‘New World’ Symphony.” The Škampa Quartet is among the very finest of an outstanding group of current Czech string quartets that has represented their country in major Concert Halls around the world for twenty-five years.

The quartet have established a close relationship with BBC Radio 3 resulting in regular broadcasts from Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, LSO St Luke’s and the Chamber Music Proms. They have been an award-winning recording artist for Supraphon for most of the Quartet's career. They are now also among the elite artists whose performances have been selected for release on the Wigmore Hall Live label.

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 'The American'

I. Allegro

II. Lento

III. Molto vivace

IV. Vivace

Antonín Dvořák: String Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 'The American'

I. Allegro

II. Allegro vivo

III. Larghetto

IV. Allegro giusto

Gramophone Magazine

August 2017

“Throughout the American Quartet the Škampa have an ease of manner that is reminiscent of the iconic reading by the Pavel Haas Quartet...For the far less well-known American Quintet the Škampa have borrowed the Belcea’s viola player, Krzysztof Chorzelski – a classy move. He is absolutely on the same wavelength as the quartet and this is a reading that gives the music time to breathe.”

MusicWeb International

July 2017

“The Škampa Quartet continues to give unalloyed pleasure with their exceptional tuning and blend.”

Sunday Times

25th June 2017

“The Skampa Quartet play this great chamber music with technical elan and superbly mellow tone in Dvorak’s Bohemian reminiscences.”

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