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Dvorak: Quintette Op. 81, Etc / Dieltiens, Braley, Et Al


Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 901880   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Frank Braley
Conductor:  Roel Dieltiens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Explorations
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Deliberately affecting an air of constant improvisation, the 'Piano Quintet', first performed in 1888, felicitously combines sheer joy and melancholy meditation, rhythmic vigour and passionate lyricism. This Dvorák masterpiece doubtless owes a fair share of its fame to the origins of its themes in 'Slavonic' folklore. Ten years earlier, the composer wrote the five 'Bagatelles' for two violins, cello and harmonium - a blend of sonorities that may seem odd to us today, but Frank Braley and the musicians of the Ensemble Explorations clearly know exactly how to make it sound its best! Deliberately affecting an air of constant improvisation, the 'Piano Quintet', first performed in 1888, felicitously combines sheer joy and melancholy meditation, rhythmic vigour and passionate lyricism. This Dvorák masterpiece doubtless owes a fair share of its fame to the origins of its themes in 'Slavonic' folklore. Ten years earlier, the composer wrote the five 'Bagatelles' for two violins, cello and harmonium - a blend of sonorities that may seem odd to us today, but Frank Braley and the musicians of the Ensemble Explorations clearly know exactly how to make it sound its best! Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Frank Braley (Piano)
Conductor:  Roel Dieltiens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Explorations
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
2.
Bagatelles for 2 Violins, Cello and Harmonium, Op. 47/B 79 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Frank Braley (Harmonium)
Conductor:  Roel Dieltiens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Explorations
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Bohemia 

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