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Dvorák: Complete String Quartets / Panocha Quartet


Release Date: 08/02/2005 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3815   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri PanochaJaroslav KulhanMiroslav SehnoutkaPavel Zejfart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Supraphon's repackaging of the Panocha Quartet's complete Dvorák cycle means you can now get the finest recorded set in one box. The cycle was produced during a period from 1993 to 2000, but the ensemble's energy, focus, and musical excellence remain consistent throughout. The Panocha gives powerful performances of the late masterworks--Nos. 11-14 (with No. 13 being especially commanding). However, perhaps more impressive is the players' commitment to the early quartets, where Dvorák's youthful exuberance occasionally resulted in musical structures somewhat lacking in cogency--a feature that's significantly minimized in the Panocha's wonderfully clear-lined readings. It's quite interesting to follow
Read more Dvorák's developing compositional acuity as he learns to pare down to the essentials and, from No. 7 on, becomes the imposing and sure-spoken artist we know and admire. Nos. 4-7 were previously reviewed by colleague David Hurwitz and I concur wholeheartedly with his comments. Supraphon's sound is consistently warm and dynamic throughout the series. For Dvorák fans, and for lovers of great chamber music--this release is essential. [9/29/2005]

-- Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 2/B 8 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Bohemia 
Length: 33 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, B 17 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Pavel Zejfart (Violin), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1870; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 39 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, B 18 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1870; Bohemia 
Length: 56 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, B 19 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Bohemia 
Length: 30 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in F minor, Op. 9/B 37 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Bohemia 
Length: 28 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in A minor, Op. 12/B 40 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Bohemia 
Length: 27 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in A minor, Op. 16/B 45 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Bohemia 
Length: 28 Minutes 4 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E major, Op. 80/B 57 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 26 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in D minor, Op. 34/B 75 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 33 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 51/B 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Bohemia 
Length: 31 Minutes 27 Secs. 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in C major, Op. 61/B 121 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Bohemia 
Length: 37 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Movement for String Quartet in F major, B 120 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Bohemia 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13.
Cypresses for String Quartet, B 152 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Length: 36 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Length: 26 Minutes 23 Secs. 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in G major, Op. 106/B 192 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Bohemia 
Length: 38 Minutes 16 Secs. 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, Op. 105/B 193 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jiri Panocha (Violin), Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola),
Pavel Zejfart (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Bohemia 
Length: 32 Minutes 33 Secs. 
17.
Andante appasionato for String Quartet in A minor by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Jaroslav Kulhan (Cello), Miroslav Sehnoutka (Viola), Pavel Zejfart (Violin),
Jiri Panocha (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1873; Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 2 (B.8): I. Andante. Allegro
String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 2 (B.8): II. Andante affetuoso ed appassionato
String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 2 (B.8): III. Allegro scherzando
String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 2 (B.8): IV. Finale. Allegro animato
String Quartet No. 2 in B flat major, (B. 17): I. Allegro, ma non troppo
String Quartet No. 2 in B flat major, (B. 17): II. Largo
String Quartet No. 2 in B flat major, (B. 17): III. Allegro con brio
String Quartet No. 2 in B flat major, (B. 17): IV. Finale: Andante - Allegro giusto
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: I. Allegro con brio
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: II. Andantino
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: III. Allegro energico
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: IV. Finale. Allegretto
Andante appassionato for String Quartet, sine Op. (B. 40a, 1873)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Gifted Playing April 29, 2015 By M. Bishop (Clackamas, OR) See All My Reviews "The Panocha Quartet puts in stellar performances of Dvorak’s string quartets in this album. One component of the recording that comes to the forefront is the richness of the sound quality demonstrated here. The bass sound is truly bass, and the higher tones come out clearly defined. There is perfect balance between the playing of the various instruments of the Quartet. The technical execution of the playing of the notes of Dvorak’s quartets, as demonstrated by the Panocha Quartet, is on point; they perform in perfect anticipation of the next notes and phrasings to be musically expressed. When all is said and done, I highly recommend this album to those seeking to discover the best recordings of Dvorak’s string quartets." Report Abuse
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