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Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A; Piano Quartet in E flat / Schubert Ensemble

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, B. 162 (Op. 87)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Founded in 1983, regularly giving more than sixty concerts a year, and having performed in over forty different countries, the Schubert Ensemble is firmly established as one of the world's leading exponents of chamber music for piano and strings. The Ensemble here performs Piano Quintet No. 2, which is arguably one of Dvorák's greatest and most popular chamber pieces, thanks to its memorable melodies and sheer panache. The composer took great pride in his country, in his people, their character and cultural heritage, all of which is evident in this work.

"A wealth of clever detailing emerges from this quartet and guest violinist Alexandra Wood. The tones chosen are understated, the articulation feathery, dry or dewy. This is Dvorák played not as a gifted naïf but as a sophisticate, subtle and assured." -The Independent on Sunday

International Record Review, June 2012
Performances that are finely honed and full of quicksilver playing, alert to every nuance in Dvorak's writing...Well blended, but with a strong guiding hand in the shape of the pianist William Howard, they bring a nice intensity to the Dumka's opening, and a sparkling athleticism to the 'vivace'...Oozing charm from every available duct, [the song transcription] makes a delightful end to a fine release.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
The Schubert Ensemble are not only adept at delivering the melodic side without an ounce of sentimentality, they show a strong appreciation of the inherent drama that energies these works, particularly in the Piano Quartet...As a whole these excellently-recorded performances lead a well-populated field.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
Happily, the Schubert Ensemble meet Dvorak on his own terms; no mean feat given the previous dominance in this repertoire of home-grown musicians. The mixed make-up of the ensemble may be important in this regard, for these are emphatically not recordings made by a pianist and a string quartet...This is an unqualified delight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/28/2011-11/30/2011).



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>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, B. 162 (Op. 87)
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/28/2011-11/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/28/2011-11/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (11/28/2011-11/30/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal