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Dvorak: Chamber Works, Vol. 2 [7-CD Set]


Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4138   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pavel SporclPetr JiríkovskyJosef SukAlfred Holecek,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri Trio PraguePanocha String QuartetPanocha String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This second volume of miscellaneous chamber works contains all of the music that is not a formal quartet, quintet, or sextet. In includes the piano trios, the wonderful Terzetto for two violins and viola, works for solo instrument and piano, pieces for piano four-hands, and all of those little, undefinable works, some of which (such as the Bagatelles for two violins, cello, and harmonium) are magnificent. As a taste of just how good Dvorák could be even in his slightest works, try out [a] sample, from his Serenade for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Triangle. One of the lesser-known big works is the cycle From the Bohemian Forest for piano four hands, from which the popular Silent Woods for cello and piano derives. But there’s much more Read more than that, including a rather jolly “Witches’ Sabbath”.

The performances are all excellent, although I do wish Supraphon had retained the Suk Trio in the piano trios, fine as the Guarneri Trio Prague undoubtedly is. The piano duo of Igor and Renata Ardasev does very well by the Slavonic Dances, the Legends, and From the Bohemian Forest. Indeed the Slavonic Dances feature prominently in this set, not just in their original keyboard form but in their several arrangements for solo strings and piano. Josef Suk plays the major works for violin, and you don’t get much more authoritative than that, though he is ably seconded by Pavel Sporcl filling in the gaps. Members of the Panocha Quartet take on the pieces for multiple strings with their usual sovereign brilliance.

The sonics, whether analog or digital, are pretty much excellent, making this set an obvious and fool-proof way of getting your Dvorák chamber music collection up to snuff in one easy shot.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, Op. 21/B 51 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri Trio Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 26/B 56 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri Trio Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
3. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri Trio Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
4. Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri Trio Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Bohemia 
5. Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Petr Jiríkovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
6. Capriccio for Violin and Piano, B 81 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Petr Jiríkovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1878; Bohemia 
7. Romance for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 11/B 38 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Petr Jiríkovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1877; Bohemia 
8. Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100/B 183 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Petr Jiríkovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
9. Mazurek for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 49/B 89 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Petr Jiríkovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
10. Ballad for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 15 no 1/B 139 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Pavel Sporcl (Violin), Petr Jiríkovsky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Bohemia 
11. Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100/B 183 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Alfred Holecek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
12. Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin), Alfred Holecek (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
13. Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 46/B 83: no 2 in E minor, Dumka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
14. Slavonic Dances (8) for Cello and Piano, Op. 46/B 172: no 8 in G minor by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Michal Kanka (Cello), Jaromír Klepác (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1891; Bohemia 
15. Slavonic Dances (8) for Cello and Piano, Op. 46/B 172: no 3 in A flat major, Polka by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Michal Kanka (Cello), Jaromír Klepác (Piano)
16. Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Michal Kanka (Cello), Jaromír Klepác (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 
17. From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Michal Kanka (Cello), Jaromír Klepác (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
18. Miniatures for 2 Violins and Viola, Op. 75a/B 149 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Miroslav Ambros (Violin), Josef Suk (Violin), Karel Untermüller (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
19. Bagatelles for 2 Violins, Cello and Harmonium, Op. 47/B 79 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Miroslav Ambros (Violin), Jiri Barta (Cello), Jan Simon (Harmonium),
Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
20. Terzetto for 2 Violins and Viola in C major, Op. 74/B 148 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Miroslav Ambros (Violin), Josef Suk (Violin), Karel Untermüller (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
21. Legends (10) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 59/B 117 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Igor Ardasev (Piano), Renata Ardasev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 37 Minutes 9 Secs. 
22. From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Igor Ardasev (Piano), Renata Ardasev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/2000 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 26 Minutes 53 Secs. 
23. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 46/B 78 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Igor Ardasev (Piano), Renata Ardasev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 
24. Slavonic Dances (8) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 72/B 145 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Igor Ardasev (Piano), Renata Ardasev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Bohemia 
25. Waltzes (2) for String Quartet, Op. 54/B 105 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Pavel Zejfart (Violin), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
26. Serenade for Flute, Violin, Viola and Triangle, B 15bis by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jirí Válek (Flute), Graham Melville-Mason (Triangle), Jiri Panocha (Violin),
Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1997 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 

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