Dvorák - Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

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Dvorák - Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2



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30th Nov 2009




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Dvorák - Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op 23

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

Members of the Vlach Quartet Prague - Jana Vlachová (violin), Karel Stadtherr (viola), Mikael Ericsson (cello) & Helena Suchárová-Weiser (piano)



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Dvorák’s two piano quartets stand beside those of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann as important contributions to the chamber music repertoire.

Enlivened by Czech inflections, the elegant charm of the First, with its marvellous set of variations and combined scherzo-and-finale last movement, contrasts with the more serious and weighty character of the Second, where an expressive theme for cello in the slow movement and a lyrical scherzo in waltz-time lighten the prevailing mood.

“Vlach magic” Gramophone on a previous release

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 23

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andantino con variazioni

III. Finale: Allegretto scherzando

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87, B. 162

I. Allegro con fuoco

II. Lento

III. Allegro moderato, grazioso

IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo

The Observer

24th January 2010

“These players have a natural ownership of Dvorak's music, throwing his lilting, fluid themes around with an easy charm...Hugely enjoyable.”

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