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Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 1; Hugo Stahle (1826-1848): Piano Quartet No. 1 / Mozart Piano Quartet

Album Summary

>Stahle, Hugo : Quartet for piano & strings in A, Op. 1
>Dvorak, Antonin : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in D major, B. 53 (Op. 23)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Hugo Stähle was only twenty-two years old when he died of encephalitis - an immense loss for music, as this long-awaited rerelease of his Piano Quartet demonstrates. It is hard to imagine that it was Stähle's opus 1: perfect in form, rich in early romantic melodic exuberance, it is in every way a match for the works of much more famous masters.

Youthful élan manifests itself in a very different way in Antonín Dvorák's Piano Quartet. If the tone of Bohemian folklore has already taken unmistakable shape in the first movement, then the young composer surprises us with a daring formal idea in the finale of the three-movement work: a spirited triple time in scherzo style opens the movement, but it swiftly goes over into a duple-time final meter. The meter constantly shifts, dizzying the listener, before both forms of motion occur simultaneously in the crowning conclusion!

The Mozart Piano Quartet performs the meritorious service of securing this mature early talent his proper place in the gallery of important early romantic composers with its masterful interpretation of his first work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Musikhochschule München.


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>Hugo Stähle (1826 - 1848) : Quartet for piano & strings in A, Op. 1
  • Ensemble: Mozart Piano Quartet
  • Running Time: 31 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in D major, B. 53 (Op. 23)
  • Ensemble: Mozart Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 05/24/1875-06/10/1875.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music