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Dvorak: Piano Quintet No 2, String Quartet No 10 / Haefliger, Takacs Quartet

Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466197   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Andreas HaefligerEdward DusinberreKároly SchranzAndrás Fejér,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is one of the most beautiful chamber music discs in the catalog. Throughout, the Decca engineers have managed to combine clarity with tonal richness, achieving perfect balances between the piano and strings in the quintet. Both works are similar in form and content, especially notable for their folk-inspired melodies and infectious dance rhythms. However, their similarities are well-disguised here, thanks to the fact that, while the quintet ends in a blazing A major, the quartet opens gently and tentatively in E-flat. This stark transition gives an appropriate and distinct listening context for each work: you'll never have the sense that you're hearing the same music twice. All of the performers,
Read more both individually and collectively, are beyond reproach in their warmly idiomatic execution of the music; the liner notes are both informative and thought-provoking. This is an ideal recording, either for novice chamber music listeners, or for those who just want to hear some great Dvorak.

--Barry Guerrero, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Andreas Haefliger (Piano), Edward Dusinberre (Violin), Károly Schranz (Violin),
András Fejér (Cello), Roger Tapping (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 39 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 51/B 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Edward Dusinberre (Violin), Károly Schranz (Violin), András Fejér (Cello),
Roger Tapping (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 11/1998 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Quintet in A, Op.81: 1. Allegro, ma non tanto
Piano Quintet in A, Op.81: 2. Dumka (Andante con moto)
Piano Quintet in A, Op.81: 3. Scherzo (Furiant) (Molto vivace)
Piano Quintet in A, Op.81: 4. Finale (Allegro)
String Quartet No.10 in E flat major, Op.51 - B.92: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quartet No.10 in E flat major, Op.51 - B.92: 2. Dumka. Andante con moto
String Quartet No.10 in E flat major, Op.51 - B.92: 3. Romanze. Andante con moto
String Quartet No.10 in E flat major, Op.51 - B.92: 4. Finale. Allegro assai

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 We heard it on the radio...could have been the 'g February 7, 2014 By John T Tyler (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "My wife and I were both entranced by music we found on the radio...to the point that we changed afternoon plans to sit and listen and to discover what we were listening to. It was the Dvorak Piano Quintet Nr 2. I ordered it from Arkive that day. The recording has been a very successful addition to our collection. Had never heard of the Takacs Quartet--but I am a big fan now. Great phrasing, blending, overall sound, etc." Report Abuse
 Glorious Playing February 12, 2013 By Dr. Helen Hatton (Hamilton, ON) See All My Reviews "This recording has not yet made it onto the shelves since it arrived some weeks ago, but remains at hand by the player. The Quintet reflects Dvorak's sojourn in America, opening with reflections which will bring to mind "Shall We Gather at the River." Some years ago the second movmeent made it into pop history as "Nature Boy," but it is not recognition of the melodies that will keep this CD at your hand. It is because Andreas Haefliger (son of the great Swiss tenor, Ernst Haefliger) and the Takacs Quarter have acheived playing of richness, clarity and perfect judgement of balance, phrasing, weight of tone and tempo, and above all, understanding of Dvorak's purpose. You may also find yourself reaching for the Third Brahms violin sonata or the Cello sonata transcription, after you hear the opening of the Quintet. This CD is essential. Call it food for your soul or simply beautiful playing, or what you will, but it should be in every collection." Report Abuse
 Dynamic, powerful performance of Piano Quintet January 23, 2013 By David  Levy (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "There are very few recordings of Dvorak's piano quintet. Therefore I feel very fortunate to get my hands on this one. Additionally, it's a wonderful performance of a very colorful, beautiful, totally all-inclusive piece in terms of drama, emotion and depth. I can't say much more except that I've yet to be disappointed by a recording by the Takacs Quartet. Also the opus 51 is wonderfully played." Report Abuse
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