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Dvorak: Love Songs, Op. 83; Cypresses / Adriana Kucerova, Christoph Eschenbach

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>Dvorak, Antonin : Love Songs (Pisne milostme) (8) for voice & piano, B. 160 (Op. 83) (revision of Cypresses, B. 11)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Cyprise (Cypresses), B 152
>     1. Já vím, ze v sladké nadeji
>     2. V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest
>     8. Zde v lese u potoka
>     9. O duse drahá jedinká
>     11. Nad krajem vévodi lehky spánek
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Love Songs (Pisne milostme) (8) for voice & piano, B. 160 (Op. 83) (revision of Cypresses, B. 11)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Cyprise (Cypresses), B 152
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recalling youthful love letters that are preserved and cherished, Love Songs and Cypresses combine beautiful melodic simplicity with the technique of a composer who was, by the mid-late 1880s, at the height of his powers. The Paris-based Thymos Quartet - named after an ancient Greek term meaning "spiritedness" - comprises four First Prize winners from the Paris and Lyon conservatoires.

"[Eschenbach] is still a magnificent player, as witness his ability to make Dvorak's occasionally awkward piano writing sound like spun silk...the Quintet sounds utterly enchanting in this gloriously unhurried reading." -Classic FM

"A great programming idea...The sequence opens with eight songs sensitively sung by soprano Adriana Kucerová, a vocal epitome of amatory responsiveness... No complaints whatever about the playing of the Thymos Quartet, who prove animated narrators of these heartfelt confessions, nor in the mostly vivacious ‘second’ Quintet. But the real star of the show is pianist Christoph Eschenbach, whose accompaniments in the songs truly amount to added commentaries and who is the ideal playing partner in the Quintet, softening his touch whenever his colleagues need to take the lead, then asserting himself according to the dictates of the musical moment. Put on virtually any extended passage in the first movement, and you’ll experience the joy of Eschenbach’s three-dimensional approach." -Gramophone



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>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Love Songs (Písne milostmé) (8) for voice & piano, B. 160 (Op. 83) (revision of Cypresses, B. 11)
  • Performers: Adriana Kucerova (Soprano); Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Thymos Quartet
  • Running Time: 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1888

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Cyprise (Cypresses), B 152 :: 1. Já vím, ze v sladké nadeji
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/21/1887-05/21/1887.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Cyprise (Cypresses), B 152 :: 2. V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/21/1887-05/21/1887.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Cyprise (Cypresses), B 152 :: 8. Zde v lese u potoka
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/21/1887-05/21/1887.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Cyprise (Cypresses), B 152 :: 9. O duse drahá jedinká
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/21/1887-05/21/1887.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Cyprise (Cypresses), B 152 :: 11. Nad krajem vévodi lehky spánek
  • Notes: Composition written: 04/21/1887-05/21/1887.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 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
  • Performer: Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
  • Notes: L'Église du Bon Secours, Paris, France (05/04/2011/05/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music