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Dvorak: Piano Quintets Opp. 5 & 81

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Piano Quintet in A major, B. 28 (Op. 5)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
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Notes & Reviews:

The performing team of fellow Australians Piers Lane and the Goldner String Quartet has won many plaudits for their enlightening interpretations of the more obscure piano quintet repertoire. Now they turn to a composer who triumphed in the genre. Dvorak's first quintet was born during a period of poverty and uncertainty, the second when the composer was approaching the zenith of his international fame. The two works make a fascinating pairing here. Dvorak originally tore up his manuscript of the first - luckily the pianist at the premiere kept a copy. It is clearly a youthful work, but there is no doubting the confidence with which Dvorak handles the combination of piano and strings (doubly impressive since he did not possess a piano at this time). Dvorak's second quintet was an immediate popular success at its first performance and has remained one of the best-loved examples of the genre.

"Piers Lane may be one of the finest pianists today whose international fame has lagged behind his musical and technical skills... His unwavering musicality and sensitive legato touch balance the energy and excitement that runs through these performances. The Goldner Quartet seems a perfect match, alternately taking the lead and sketching interesting background detail in the sections where the piano takes the lead. This is the third recording the group has made with Piers Lane and I hope for more." - American Record Guide

'The performers offer an immensely satisfying and unmannered performance' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Ideal balance and intimacy in a beautifully recorded coupling' (Gramophone)

'Interpretations which are characterised by much heartiness. I admire the ensemble's rumbustious inclinations in the brisker movements of both quintets, as well as the feeling of space they are able to create in the more songlike phrases ... I happily recommend the recording ... it is undoubtedly a strong contender for those wishing to expand their Dvorák collection' (International Record Review)

'This is music to cheer the heart and put a spring in your step' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Performed with splendid conviction by Piers Lane and his fellow Australians the Goldner Quartet' (The Sunday Times)

'These players' polished, expansive account of op 81 is bursting with dramatic incident, fiery exuberance, expressive subtelty and meticulous dynamic control' (The Strad)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/15/2009-04/17/2009).



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Piano Quintet in A major, B. 28 (Op. 5)
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/15/2009-04/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 1872

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/15/2009-04/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music