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Dvorak - String Quartets Nos. 11 & 12

Label:

Nimbus

Catalogue No:

NI6114

Series:

Alliance

Discs:

1

Release date:

15th March 2010

Barcode:

0710357611421

Length:

63 minutes

Medium:

CD
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Dvorak - String Quartets Nos. 11 & 12


Dvorak:

String Quartet No. 11 in C major, Op. 61 (B121)

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


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The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet’s outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged. They have developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East. They visit the United States and Japan regularly and have had highly acclaimed tours of Australia and New Zealand. They are frequent visitors to the UK and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 as well as in concert at many venues throughout the country.

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 11 in C, Op. 61, B. 121

I. Allegro

II. Poco adagio e molto cantabile

III. Scherzo: Allegro vivo; Trio: L'istesso tempo

IV. Finale: Vivace

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, B. 179, 'American'

I. Allegro ma non troppo

II. Lento

III. Molto vivace

IV. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2010

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“In the wrong hands the C major Quartet can seem a little austere. The Wihan Quartet, however, produce a completely committed and utterly convincing reading...In short, this is the finest recorded performance I have encountered to date”

Sunday Times

25th April 2010

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“Nobody performs Dvorak quite like his compatriots...The Wihan are consummate instrumentalists in the great Czech tradition, as they show by their richly expressive account of the long, elaborately wrought C major quartet...They find fresh colours in this perennial music”

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