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Dvorak, Smetana: String Quartets / Alban Berg Quartet


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 54215   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákBedrich Smetana
Performer:  Günter PichlerGerhard SchulzThomas KakuskaValentin Erben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Few performances have communicated such pleasure in motion, having the lilt of true songfulness—the kind of thing many aspire to, but few seem able to achieve.

The Alban Berg are on superb form in both works, and yet it's in the Dvorák that they impress most... [T]hey maintain the tension and the focus right through. Dvorák's copious markings are treated respectfully but by no means slavishly, and each movement soars. Few performances have communicated such pleasure in motion in the first movement as this, while the Lento, refined and serious as it is, has the lilt of true songfulness—the kind of thing many aspire to, but few seem able to achieve. The Smetana in contrast sounds a little po-faced in the
Read more Polka—the motions are gone through without obvious enjoyment—while the slow movement takes a while to warm up; still, the symphonic sweep is impressive, especially so in the more mobile and dramatic outer movements.

-- Gramophone [5/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Günter Pichler (Violin), Gerhard Schulz (Violin), Thomas Kakuska (Viola),
Valentin Erben (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor, T 116 "From my life" by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Günter Pichler (Violin), Thomas Kakuska (Viola), Gerhard Schulz (Violin),
Valentin Erben (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 05/1990 
Venue:  Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 12 in F major B179 (Op. 96), "American": I. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quartet No. 12 in F major B179 (Op. 96), "American": II. Lento
String Quartet No. 12 in F major B179 (Op. 96), "American": III. Molto vivace
String Quartet No. 12 in F major B179 (Op. 96), "American": IV. Finale (Vivace ma non troppo)
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From my life": I. Allegro vivo appassionato
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From my life": II. Allegro moderato ŕ la Polka
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From my life": III. Largo sostenuto
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From my life": IV. Vivace

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