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Dvorák: Complete String Quartets / Stamitz String Quartet


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 99949   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String QuartetStamitz String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 10 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are now three sets of Dvorák's music for string quartet: this one, the Panocha Quartet on Supraphon, and the vintage Prague Quartet on DG. All of them are very good, and each has its distinctive qualities. Purely in terms of ensemble playing, the Panocha's are impossible to beat, and their cycle is available on individual CDs, though at full price. The Stamitz Quartet recorded a great deal of the Czech quartet repertoire for the German label Bayer, from whom this set was licensed, and its approach is quite different from either the Panocha or Prague ensembles: more relaxed, less rhythmically charged, and gracious in an old-world sort of way.


You can hear this quite clearly in the opening movement of the
Read more American Quartet (No. 12), slower and less incisive than usual but still retaining its own mellow charm. If I prefer the higher voltage of the Panocha and Prague quartets, I still can respect this approach as perfectly valid in its own right. The Stamitz style works especially well in the neglected 11th Quartet, which lacks any specific nationalist orientation to begin with and here acquires what I can only call "Brahmsian" warmth, though it never really sounds like Brahms at all.


The group also gives unusual stature to the somewhat formally scattered early works, particularly the monstrous Third Quartet, which at 72 minutes has to be just about the all-time longest string quartet that ostensibly observes the rules of classical form. In addition to the quartets themselves, this set includes the Cypresses, haunting transcriptions of Dvorák's early love songs, as well as the delicious Two Waltzes and a lovely performance of the Terzet for two violins and viola. The sonics match the warmth and richness of the playing. It may not be my favorite set overall, but it has been very rewarding getting to know it again, and at this price you can't go wrong.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 2/B 8 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Bohemia 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in B flat major, B 17 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1870; Bohemia 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in F minor, Op. 9/B 37 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Bohemia 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in A minor, Op. 12/B 40 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Bohemia 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in A minor, Op. 16/B 45 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Bohemia 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in D minor, Op. 34/B 75 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Bohemia 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 51/B 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Bohemia 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in C major, Op. 61/B 121 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Bohemia 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E major, Op. 80/B 57 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, Op. 105/B 193 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Bohemia 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in G major, Op. 106/B 192 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Bohemia 
13.
Movement for String Quartet in F major, B 120 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Bohemia 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, B 18 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1870; Bohemia 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, B 19 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Bohemia 
16.
Cypresses for String Quartet, B 152 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
17.
Andante appasionato for String Quartet in A minor by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1873; Bohemia 
18.
Terzetto for 2 Violins and Viola in C major, Op. 74/B 148 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet,  Stamitz String Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
19.
Waltzes (2) for String Quartet, Op. 54/B 105 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 

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