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Dvorak: Complete String Quartets / Stamitz Quartet


Release Date: 10/27/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95498  
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given their infrequent appearances on concert programmes, Dvorák’s string quartets have done rather well in the recorded catalogues. There are several recordings of the complete cycle of 16 works, which span the composer’s career. A couple have been made by native ensembles from the composer’s Czech homeland but also a couple more by central-European ensembles such as the Stamitz Quartet, who since their foundation in 1985 have been known as leading interpreters of Czech repertoire. The approach of the Stamitz Quartet is quite different from either the Panocha or Prague ensembles, noted David Hurwitz in Classics Today: ‘more relaxed, less rhythmically charged, and gracious in an old-world sort of way… The group also gives unusual Read more 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.’ Taken as a whole, the quartets chart the evolution of Dvorák’s style, from his interest in Wagnerian music in the years prior to 1870 – in the String Quartet in D major – to the folk-infused works of his later life, such as the String Quartet in G major Op.106, and show the influence of his time in the United States, with the String Quartet in F Op.96 'American'. If the only Dvorák quartet that you’re familiar with is the ‘American’, then this set will provide an embarkation point for what should prove an immensely fruitful musical journey. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, B 18 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1870; 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.
Andante appasionato for String Quartet in F major, B 40a by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1873; Bohemia 
4.
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 
5.
Cypresses for String Quartet, B 152 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor, B 19 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Bohemia 
7.
Movement for String Quartet in F major, B 120 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Bohemia 
8.
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 
9.
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 
10.
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 
11.
Terzetto for 2 Violins and Viola in C major, Op. 74/B 148 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
12.
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 
13.
Waltzes (2) for String Quartet, Op. 54/B 105 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
14.
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 
15.
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 
16.
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 
17.
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 
18.
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 
19.
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 

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