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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.
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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
III. Allegro moderato, grazioso
IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo
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.”