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Dvorak: Quartet in F major, Op. 96 'American'; Quartet in C major, Op. 61

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 11 in C major, B. 121 (Op.61)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
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Notes & Reviews:

"Performing these two great works is the Wihan Quartet, a Czech ensemble specializing in works by fellow Czechs. It should be no surprise, then, that their interpretation and execution of Dvorak should be so precise, so focused, so driven, and so poignant. The fresh, vibrant reading of the American Quartet is remarkably well in-tune, something that frequently plagues performances of this piece. Likewise, the care, attention to detail, rhythmic tenacity, and commitment brought to the C major Quartet instantly elevates it to the same level of interest and prestige as its F major disc-mate. Balance within the quartet is exemplary, and violist Jiri Zigmund's playing is particularly present and robust." -All Music Guide

BBC Music Magazine
In the wrong hands the C major Quartet can seem a little austere. The Wihan Quartet, however, produce a completely committed and utterly convincing reading...In short, this is the finest recorded performance I have encountered to date.

Sunday Times
Nobody performs Dvorak quite like his compatriots...The Wihan are consummate instrumentalists in the great Czech tradition, as they show by their richly expressive account of the long, elaborately wrought C major quartet...They find fresh colours in this perennial music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall (12/2004).



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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quartet for Strings no 11 in C major, B. 121 (Op.61)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 11/10/1881

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American"
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893