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Antonín Dvorak: String Quartet, Op. 80; Miniatures, B149; Cypresses (12), B152 / Zemlinsky Quartet

Notes & Reviews:

This anthology of chamber music by the author of the New World Symphony offers a selection of lesser known works. The unique blend invention and melancholy that is one of the hallmarks of Dvorák's music is present here in all its glory. The rich Czech heritage of this music could not be more accurately portrayed than it is here by the Zemlinsky Quartet.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Quartet 8 in E was composed in 1876. It's a joyous work, beautifully played. I was unfamiliar with this set of four Drobnosti (miniatures). Structurally it's three scherzos and a slow movement. It is musically lighter the quartet, but just as delightful. The cycle Cypresses is based on a set of 18 songs Dvorak composed in his youth. Moods range from melancholy to celebratory, from mysterious to amorous. All of this music is treasurable, and the performances by the Zemlinsky are uniformly excellent.


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