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Dvorak: Piano Quintet; Op. 81; String Quintet, Op. 77 / The Gaudier Ens.

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass in G major, Op. 77/B 49
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Notes & Reviews:

The two works on this mid-price reissue featuring the Gaudier Ensemble come from different periods in Dvorák's career. In the String Quintet in G he dispenses with a second viola, instead placing a double bass beneath the single cello, but textural richness is not the composer's aim: one can listen to passages of the work without sensing any pointed differences from quartet texture. Similarly, the success of the Piano Quintet in A rests on its happy reconciliation of forces. Dvorák's early attempts at composing for the piano had been hampered by his own lack of familiarity with the instrument, but in this work he achieves a remarkable fluency, with five instruments operating as consistent equals and in harmonious unity and balance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 03/12/1995-03/14/1995.



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>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
  • Ensemble: Gaudier Ensemble
  • Notes: 03/12/1995-03/14/1995
  • Running Time: 34 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass in G major, Op. 77/B 49
  • Ensemble: Gaudier Ensemble
  • Notes: 03/12/1995-03/14/1995
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?01/1875-03/1875