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The Ames Piano Quartet Performs Czech Piano Quartets

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> Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1 - I. Allegro appassionato
> Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1 - II. Adagio
> Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 1 - III. Allegro con fuoco
> Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 7 - I. Andante
> Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 7 - II. Scherzino: Allegretto comodo
> Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 7 - III. Rondo: Allegro
> Piano Quartet No. 1, H. 287 - I. Poco Allegro
> Piano Quartet No. 1, H. 287 - II. Adagio
> Piano Quartet No. 1, H. 287 - III. Allegretto poco moderato

Album Summary

>Suk, Josef : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 1
>Novák, Vitezslav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 7
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Piano Quartet, H. 287
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Notes & Reviews:

This well-filled program presents three of the finest chamber works by Czech composers, starting with two disciples of Antonin Dvorak: the 'Quartet Op. 1' by Joseph Suk (1874–1935) and the 'Quartet Op. 7' by Vitezslav Novak (1870–1949). The much later 'Quartet' by Suk's student Bohuslav Martinu (1890–1959) dates from 1942. Each of the works offers a distinctive and personal juxtaposition of passion and dynamism in the outer movements with lush, gentle middle movements. Described by the Washington Post as "one of the most heavenly combinations of instruments around," the Iowa-based Ames Piano Quartet is among the most well-known chamber groups of its kind.



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Works Details

>Suk, Josef : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 1
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (11/22/2002-11/24/2002)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Vitezslav Novák (1870 - 1949) : Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 7
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (11/22/2002-11/24/2002)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Piano Quartet, H. 287
  • Ensemble: Ames Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, Ames, IA (11/22/2002-11/24/2002)
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 04/21/1942