Notes and Editorial Reviews
The two works recorded here come from different periods in Dvorák’s career. In the String Quintet in G he dispenses with a second viola, instead placing a double bass beneath the single cello, but textural richness is not the composer’s aim: one can listen to passages of the work without sensing any pointed differences from quartet texture.
Similarly, the success of the Piano Quintet in A rests on its happy reconciliation of forces. Dvorák’s early attempts at composing for the piano had been hampered by his own lack of familiarity with the instrument, but in this work he achieves a remarkable fluency, with five instruments operating as consistent equals and in harmonious unity and balance.
"The G major String Quintet is lighter than most rival versions, with speeds on the brisk side and with Marieke Blankestijn's violin pure rather than rich tone. Very well recorded, this makes an excellent recommendation if you fancy the coupling." - PENGUIN GUIDE