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Old World New World / Emerson String Quartet

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, B. 92 (Op. 51)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 11 in C major, B. 121 (Op.61)
>Dvorak, Antonin : String Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E flat major ("American"), B. 180 (Op. 97)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Cypresses (Ohlas písní [Echoes of Songs]), for string quartet (arr. from Cypresses, B. 11), B. 152
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 13 in G major, Op. 106/B 192
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, B. 193 (Op. 105)
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Notes & Reviews:

The Emerson String Quartet, winner of 9 Grammys is releasing an album of works never recorded during the course of their 30-year career. The release of 'Old World-New World' has been a long cherished dream and features the Emerson's favorite Dvorak middle and late string quartets. A bonanza of romantic melody, not a note on this 3-CD release has ever before been recorded by the Emersons. Also includes Dvorak's youthful and infrequently performed song cycle on the subject of love, 'Cypresses', which provides a compelling thematic trove for several of these enamoring quartets.

The Emerson String Quartet's long cherished dream to record their favorite Dvor k string quartets is realized with their tenderhearted and infatuated readings of the Czech genius's middle and late quartets. A bonanza of romantic melody, not a note on this 3-CD release has ever before been recorded by the Emersons. Dvorak's youthful and infrequently performed song cycle on the subject of love, Cypresses, provides a compelling thematic trove for several of these enamoring quartets.

"The Emersons offer the Slavonic E flat quartet from 1879, the more evidently Classical C major, the American Quintet, the great last two quartets and arrangements of 12 songs from the 1865 Cypresses collection. The Emersons have thought very deeply about this repertoire and their affection and profound experience of this music is evident everywhere... The three performances which go straight to the top of my list are those of the stately C major Quartet, the near-perfect A flat major and the Cypresses arrangements. These attractive miniatures are treated with great seriousness and, appropriately, an almost vocal engagement... The Emerson Quartet find a rich Romantic vein in the occasionally austere C major Quartet, and they respond with consummate skill to the volatile lyricism of the A flat major... there is much to marvel at in these treasurable performances. -BBC Music Magazine (*****)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008-12-??&2009-02-??_2009-).



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>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, B. 92 (Op. 51)
  • Notes: New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008-12-??&2009-02-??_2009-)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 11 in C major, B. 121 (Op.61)
  • Notes: New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008-12-??&2009-02-??_2009-)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 11/10/1881

>Dvorak, Antonin : String Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello in E flat major ("American"), B. 180 (Op. 97)
  • Performer: Paul Neubauer (Viola)
  • Notes: New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008-12-??&2009-02-??_2009-)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Cypresses (Ohlas písní [Echoes of Songs]), for string quartet (arr. from Cypresses, B. 11), B. 152
  • Notes: New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008-12-??&2009-02-??_2009-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 13 in G major, Op. 106/B 192
  • Notes: New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008-12-??&2009-02-??_2009-)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 12/09/1895

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, B. 193 (Op. 105)
  • Notes: New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters (2008-12-??&2009-02-??_2009-)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music