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Dvorak: String Quintet, Etc / Waldmann, Vlach Quartet Prague


Release Date: 11/19/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555378   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Mikael EricssonJakub WaldmannJana VlachováKarel Stadtherr,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vlach String Quartet PragueVlach String Quartet Prague members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dvorák's String Quintet with double bass can be counted among his finest chamber works (or actually among his finest works, period). It contains all of the composer's trademark compositional virtues: vibrant energy, gorgeous melodies, dancing rhythms, and an overall life-affirming spirit. There's spirit aplenty in the Vlach Quartet's joyous reading, augmented by Jakub Waldmann's double bass, which, thanks to Naxos' beautifully balanced, sonorous recording, adds a satisfyingly deep bottom to the ensemble sound. The Quintet originally contained five movements, but Dvorák removed the intermezzo and published it separately as the familiar Nocturno, which here receives an exquisitely tender and serene reading from the Prague Read more players.


The tunes in Drobnosti (miniatures) will be recognizable to anyone familiar with Dvorák's Romantic Pieces for piano and violin, here in their original version for two violins and viola. This arrangement sounds slight after the robust tones of the preceding Quintet, but the delicate tunes nonetheless retain their power to enchant. Finally, the melancholy Andante appassionato (from an aborted early string quartet project), is notable for its beautiful tunes and an animated middle section that bears a striking stylistic resemblance to Tchaikovsky. In sum, a richly varied and highly enjoyable program. [12/19/2002]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass in G major, Op. 77/B 49 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Mikael Ericsson (Cello), Jakub Waldmann (Double Bass), Jana Vlachová (Violin),
Karel Stadtherr (Violin), Petr Verner (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vlach String Quartet Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Martinek Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 34 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2. Miniatures for 2 Violins and Viola, Op. 75a/B 149 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Karel Stadtherr (Violin), Jana Vlachová (Violin), Petr Verner (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vlach String Quartet Prague members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Martinek Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 13 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, B 19: Nocturne by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Petr Verner (Viola), Karel Stadtherr (Violin), Jana Vlachová (Violin),
Jakub Waldmann (Double Bass), Mikael Ericsson (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vlach String Quartet Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Martinek Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4. Andante appasionato for String Quartet in F major, B 40a by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Karel Stadtherr (Violin), Jana Vlachová (Violin), Petr Verner (Viola),
Mikael Ericsson (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vlach String Quartet Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1873; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 01/2000 
Venue:  Martinek Studio, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quintet in G major, Op. 77: I. Allegro con fuoco
String Quintet in G major, Op. 77: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
String Quintet in G major, Op. 77: III. Poco andante
String Quintet in G major, Op. 77: IV. Finale: Allegro assai
String Quartet No. 4 in E minor: Intermezzo (Nocturno), B. 19
Drobnosti (Miniatures), Op. 75a: I. Cavatina: Moderato
Drobnosti (Miniatures), Op. 75a: II. Capriccio: Allegro
Drobnosti (Miniatures), Op. 75a: III. Romance: Allegro
Drobnosti (Miniatures), Op. 75a: IV. Elegie: Larghetto
Andante appassionato in F major: Andate appassionato in F major, B.40a

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