Dvorak: Complete String Quartets

Dvorak: Complete String Quartets
Composer Antonín Dvorák
Artist Stamitz Quartet quartet
Format 10 CD
Cat. number 95498
EAN code 5028421954981
Release October 2017

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Given their infrequent appearances on concert programmes, Dvořák’s string quartets have done rather well in the recorded catalogues. There are several recordings of the complete cycle of 16 works, which span the composer’s career. A couple have been made by native ensembles from the composer’s Czech homeland but also a couple more by central-European ensembles such as the Stamitz Quartet, who since their foundation in 1985 have been known as leading interpreters of Czech repertoire.

The approach of the Stamitz Quartet is quite different from either the Panocha or Prague ensembles, noted David Hurwitz in Classics Today: ‘more relaxed, less rhythmically charged, and gracious in an
old-world sort of way… The group also gives unusual stature to the somewhat formally scattered early works, particularly the monstrous Third Quartet, which at 72 minutes has to be just about the all-time longest string quartet that ostensibly observes the rules of classical form.’ Taken as a whole, the quartets chart the evolution of Dvořák’s style, from his interest in Wagnerian music in the years prior to 1870 – in the String Quartet in D major – to the folk-infused works of his later life, such as the String Quartet in G major Op.106, and show the influence of his time in the United States, with the String Quartet in F Op.96 'American'. If the only Dvorák quartet that you’re familiar with is the ‘American’, then this set will provide an embarkation point for what should prove an immensely fruitful musical journey. The late quartets in particular are shaped by the oscillations between varied weather and song that sit at the heart of the three late symphonies.

According to the Taipei Times, this set is ‘a feast for a lifetime. They’re gorgeously warm and evocative recordings, and no one could possibly go wrong in choosing them...this remains an astonishing bargain.’ This reissue includes full programme notes on each work.

Reissue of a successful Brilliant Classics box set.
Includes the complete string quartets (of course featuring the ever popular American Quartet) as well as the shorter works for string quartet, music which speaks of the beauty of Bohemia, the woods, the streams, the flowers and the rich folklore.
Played by the Czech Stamitz Quartet, who have the idiom for this music in their blood.
Highly rated in the press: “9/9, warmth and richness, highly rewarding” (Classicstoday.com).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, B. 18: I. Allegro con brio
  2. String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, B. 18: II. Andantino
  3. String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, B. 18: III. Allegro energico
  4. String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, B. 18: IV. Finale, allegretto

Disk 2

  1. String Quartet No. 2 in B-Flat Major, B. 17: I. Allegro non troppo
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in B-Flat Major, B. 17: II. Largo
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in B-Flat Major, B. 17: III. Allegro con brio
  4. String Quartet No. 2 in B-Flat Major, B. 17: IV. Finale. Andante-allegrogiusto-allegro con fuoco
  5. Quartettsatz in A Minor, B. 40a: I. Andante appassionato

Disk 3

  1. String Quartet No. 8 in E Major, B. 57: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 8 in E Major, B. 57: II. Andante con moto
  3. String Quartet No. 8 in E Major, B. 57: III. Allegretto scherzando
  4. String Quartet No. 8 in E Major, B. 57: IV. Finale, allegro con brio
  5. Echo of Songs, B. 152: I. I Know That on my Love. Moderato
  6. Echo of Songs, B. 152: II. Death reigns. Allegro ma non troppo
  7. Echo of Songs, B. 152: III. When Thy Sweet Glances. Andante con moto
  8. Echo of Songs, B. 152: IV. Never Will Love Lead Us. Poco adagio
  9. Echo of Songs, B. 152: V. Here Gaze I. Andante
  10. Echo of Songs, B. 152: VI. O Charming, Golden Rose. Andante moderato
  11. Echo of Songs, B. 152: VII. I Wander Oft. Andante con moto
  12. Echo of Songs, B. 152: VIII. In Deepest Forest Glade. Lento
  13. Echo of Songs, B. 152: IX. Thou Only Dear One. Moderato
  14. Echo of Songs, B. 152: X. There Stands an Ancient Rock. Andante maestoso
  15. Echo of Songs, B. 152: XI. Nature Lies Peaceful. Allegro scherzando
  16. Echo of Songs, B. 152: XII. You Are Asking Why. Allegro animato

Disk 4

  1. String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, B. 19: I. Assai con moto ed energico
  2. String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, B. 19: II. Andante religioso
  3. String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, B. 19: III. Allegro con brio
  4. Quartettsatz in F Major, B. 120

Disk 5

  1. String Quartet No. 5 in F Minor, B. 37: I. Moderato
  2. String Quartet No. 5 in F Minor, B. 37: II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
  3. String Quartet No. 5 in F Minor, B. 37: III. Tempo di valse
  4. String Quartet No. 5 in F Minor, B. 37: IV. Finale, allegro molto
  5. String Quartet No. 6 in A Minor, B. 40: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  6. String Quartet No. 6 in A Minor, B. 40: II. Poco allegro
  7. String Quartet No. 6 in A Minor, B. 40: III. Poco adagio
  8. String Quartet No. 6 in A Minor, B. 40: IV. Finale, allegro molto

Disk 6

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, B. 8: I. Andante-allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, B. 8: II. Andante affetuoso ed appassionato
  3. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, B. 8: III. Allegro scherzando
  4. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, B. 8: IV. Finale, allegro animato
  5. Terzet in C Major, B. 149: I. Introduzione-allegro ma non troppo
  6. Terzet in C Major, B. 149: II. Larghetto
  7. Terzet in C Major, B. 149: III. Scherzo, vivace
  8. Terzet in C Major, B. 149: IV. Thema con variazioni, poco adagio

Disk 7

  1. String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, B. 122: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, B. 122: II. Poco adagio e molto cantabile
  3. String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, B. 122: III. Scherzo
  4. String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, B. 122: IV. Finale, vivace
  5. Two Waltzes, B. 105: I. Moderato
  6. Two Waltzes, B. 105: II. Allegro vivace

Disk 8

  1. String Quartet No. 9 in D Minor, B. 75: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 9 in D Minor, B. 75: II. Alla polka
  3. String Quartet No. 9 in D Minor, B. 75: III. Adagio
  4. String Quartet No. 9 in D Minor, B. 75: IV. Finale, poco allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 7 in A Minor, B. 45: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  6. String Quartet No. 7 in A Minor, B. 45: II. Andante cantabile
  7. String Quartet No. 7 in A Minor, B. 45: III. Allegro scherzando
  8. String Quartet No. 7 in A Minor, B. 45: IV. Finale, allegro ma non troppo

Disk 9

  1. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, B. 92: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, B. 92: II. Dumka
  3. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, B. 92: III. Romanza, andante con moto
  4. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, B. 92: IV. Finale, allegro assai
  5. String Quartet No. 14 in A-Flat Major, B. 193: I. Adagio ma non troppo – allegro appassionato
  6. String Quartet No. 14 in A-Flat Major, B. 193: II. Molto vivace
  7. String Quartet No. 14 in A-Flat Major, B. 193: III. Lento e molto cantabile
  8. String Quartet No. 14 in A-Flat Major, B. 193: IV. Allegro non tanto

Disk 10

  1. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major,B. 179: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  2. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major,B. 179: II. Lento
  3. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major,B. 179: III. Molto vivace
  4. String Quartet No. 12 in F Major,B. 179: IV. Finale, vivace ma non troppo
  5. String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, B. 192: I. Allegro moderato
  6. String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, B. 192: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  7. String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, B. 192: III. Molto vivace
  8. String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, B. 192: IV. Finale, andante sostenuto, allegro con fuoco