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Dvorák - Chamber Works [Box set]

Antonín Dvorák Audio CD
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  • Composer: Antonín Dvorák
  • Audio CD (10 May 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B0001NQ83E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant indeed... 28 May 2005
When Coupled with the Brilliant Classics set of Dvorak's string quartets, the two sets represent a complete collection of Dvorak's chamber music. 10cds for the string quartets and eight more in this set. Here we have the piano trios, quartets and quintets; the string quintets, all of the music for violin and piano and a cd of odds and ends such the gavotte for three violins and the serenade for wind instruments.
Dvorak was a master of chamber music and the works that make up this set are of a uniformly high standard. Like the string quartets the come in a handy, slim box with excellent accompanying notes. Once again the performances are sympathetic to Dvorak's style. They are licensed from a variety of sources, and include performances from Nash Ensemble, the Borodin Quartet, The Solomon Trio and Robert Cohen and several others, but hang together well as a set. The sound quality is good throughout.
For Dvorak lovers this and the string quartet box are pretty much essential purchase, especially considering the low price of both sets. For lovers of chamber music the two boxes represent a real treat and a bargian. Either box would be an ideal present for a classical music buff. It represents by far the cheapest way to get an all encompassing view of Dvorak's chamber work.
Go on. Treat yourself and your friends....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Other reviewers have already pointed out that this is an excellent set to own; I thought it might be helpful to show where Brilliant Classics obtained the recordings.

CDs 1 & 2 feature the Solomon Trio in the Piano Trios. This relatively obscure set was originally released by the equally obscure Carlton Classics label quite a while ago 4 Piano Trios; a very expensive used purchase!

CD3 has the Ames Piano Quartet in two of the Piano Quartets and came from Dorian The Two Piano Quartets (Ames Piano Quartet).

CD4 features the Borodin Quartet with Sviatoslav Richter and came from Dvorak - Piano Quintets - Sviatoslav Richter & Borodin Quartet, originally on Olympia.

CD5 contains String Quintets from the excellent Stamitz Quartet and friends from Bayer String Quintets.

CDs 6 & 7 are also 1992 Bayer recordings featring Bohuslav Matousek and Petr Adamec in music for violin and piano; these CDs seem never to have been released in the UK.

CD8 comes from CRD and has the Alberni String Quartet and Nash Emsemble from ages ago Dvorák: Hausmusik and Dvorak: Serenade in Dm.

All of these recordings are very good to excellent and the set is enthusiastically recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value 20 Sep 2008
This set of Dvorak's chamber music isn't quite complete (i.e. apart from the string quartets). The wonderful string sextet, for example, is missing (available on a Philips two cd set of the String Quintets and gloriously performed by members of the Berlin Phil Octet). What we do get here, though, is exceptional value for money and performances that are uniformly sympathetic and warmly characterised.

Not all of the music is top notch. Dvorak could be long-winded, especially in the earlier stuff; but he is always brimming with ideas and the melodic inspiration is often inspired. The String Quintets here, for example, are hugely impressive: sweeping in their scope and melodic drive. The performances match the vitality of the music and, with crystal clear sound, this set is well worth investigating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing: 12 Sep 2007
By stgclawson - Published on Amazon.com
CD1
Dvorák
Piano Trios Op. 90 "Dumky" & 21

PIANO TRIO No. 4 in E minor Op. 90 "Dumky"
1. Lento maestoso-allegro 4:33
2. Poco adagio-vivace 6:34
3. Andante 5:53
4. Andante moderato 4:55
5. Allegro 4:03
6. Lento maestoso-vivace 4:53

PIANO TRIO No. 1 in B flat major Op. 21
7. Allegro molto 13:27
8. Adagio molto e mesto 7:33
9. Allegro scherzando 7:08
10. Finale, allegro vivace 6:11

Total: 65:10

THE SOLOMON TRIO
Daniel Adni, piano
Rodney Friend, violin
Raphael Sommer, cello

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CD2
Dvorák

Piano Trios Op. 65 & 26

PIANO TRIO NO. 3 in F minor Op. 65
1. Allegro ma non troppo 13:57
2. Allegro grazioso 6:45
3. Poco adagio 9:12
4. Finale, allegro con brio 10:14

PIANO TRIO No. 2 in G minor Op. 26
5. Allegro moderato 12:22
6. Largo 6:19
7. Scherzo, presto 5:56
8. Finale, allegro non tanto 6:47

Total: 71:33

THE SOLOMON TRIO
Daniel Adni, piano
Rodney Friend, violin
Raphael Sommer, cello

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CD3
Dvorák

Piano Quartets

PIANO QUARTET in D major Op. 23
1. Allegro moderato 15:01
2. Andantino 9:39
3. Finale 7:49

PIANO QUARTET in E flat major Op. 87
4. Allegro con fuoco 8:33
5. Lento 11:11
6. Allegro moderato, grazioso 6:59
7. Finale 9:22

Total: 69:51

AMES PIANO QUARTET
William David, piano
Mahlon Darlington, violin
Laurence Burkhalter, viola
George Work, cello
Recording: January 1989 Troy Savings Bank Concert Hall, Troy, USA
Producer: Antonin Kubalek
Engineers: Craig D. Dory, Brian C. Peters, Doug Brown
Released under non-exclusive license of the Dorian Music Group Ltd

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CD4
Dvorák

Piano Quintets

PIANO QUINTET in A major Op. 5
1. Allegro ma non troppo 8:29
2. Andante sostenuto 11:03
3. Finale, allegro con brio 8:56

PIANO QUINTET in A major Op. 81
4. Allegro ma non tanto 13:47
5. Dumka, andante con moto 16:40
6. Scherzo, Furiant, molto vivace 3:46
7. Finale, allegro 7:01

Total: 69:42

Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Borodin Quartet
Mikhail Kopelman, violin I
Andrei Abramenkov, violin II
Dmitri Shebalin, viola
Valentin Berlinsky, cello

Recording: 31 December 1982
Licensed from Pipeline Music Inc. USA

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CD5
Dvorák

String Quintets

STRING QUINTET in G major Op. 77, for 2 violins, viola, cello & double-bass
1. Allegro con fuoco 12:27
2. Scherzo, allegro vivace-l'istesso tempo, quasi allegretto 9:22
3. Poco andante 8:42
4. Finale, allegro assai 7:40

STRING QUINTET in E flat major Op. 97, for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello
5. Allegro non tanto 9:26
6. Allegro vivo 5:54
7. Larghetto 10:45
8. Finale, allegro giusto 8:12

Total: 72:53

STAMITZ QUARTET
Bohuslav Matousek, violin I
Josef Kekula, violin II
Jan Peruska, viola
Vladimir Leixner, cello
Jiri Hudec, double-bass (1-4)
Jan Talich, viola (5-8)

Recording: March 1992, Prague
Producer: Rudolf Bayer
Licensed from Bayer Records

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CD6
Dvorák

Music for violin & piano I

1. CAPRICCIO 9:45
2. ROMANCE Op. 11 12:42
3. NOCTURNO Op. 40 6:38

VIOLIN SONATA in F major Op. 57
4. Allegro ma non troppo 11:45
5. Poco sostenuto 6:45
6. Allegro molto 5:46

Total: 53:53

Bohuslav Matousek, violin
Petr Adamec, piano

Recording: 27-30 December 1992, Prague
Producer: Boris Kobrle
Engineer: Tomas Zikmund
Licensed from Bayer Records

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CD7
Dvorák

Music for violin & piano II

SONATINA in G major Op. 100
1. Allegro risoluto 5:52
2. Larghetto 4:02
3. Scherzo 2:56
4. Allegro 6:20
5. BALLADE Op. 15 6:06

ROMANTISCHE STÜCKE/ROMANTIC PIECES Op. 75
6. Allegro moderato 3:24
7. Allegro maestoso 2:42
8. Allegro appassionato 2:27
9. Larghetto 6:01
10. MAZURKA Op. 49 6:03

Total: 46:44

Bohuslav Matousek, violin
Petr Adamec, piano

Recording: 27-30 December 1992, Prague
Producer: Boris Kobrle
Engineer: Tomas Zikmund
Licensed from Bayer Records

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CD8
Dvorak

Serenade / Hausmusik

1. Rondo for cello and piano in G minor Op. 94, allegretto grazioso 7:43
DROBNOSTI Op. 75a, for 2 violins & viola
2. Cavatina, moderato 3:56
3. Capriccio, poco allegro 2:22
4. Romanza, allegro 3:29
5. Elegia, larghetto 4:30
6. GAVOTTE in G minor for 3 violins: allegretto scherzando 2:41

BAGATELLES Op. 47 for 2 violins, cello & harmonium
7. Allegretto scherzando 2:59
8. Tempo di menuetto, grazioso 3:16
9. Allegretto scherzando 2:56
10. Canon, andante con moto 3:27
11. Poco allegro 4:21

SERENADE for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 3 horns, cello & double-bass in D minor Op. 44
12. Moderato, alla Marcia 4:17
13. Minuetto 6:08
14. Andante con moto 8:35
15. Allegro molto 6:13

Total: 66:32

Robert Cohen, cello (1)
Roger Vignoles, piano (1)
Alberni String Quartet (6-11)
Howard Davis, violin
Peter Pople, violin
Roger Best, violin/viola
David Smith, cello
Virginia Black, harmonium
Nash Ensemble (12-15)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvorák: Chamber Music [Boxed Set] 15 Feb 2012
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
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Dvorák: Chamber Music [Boxed Set]

Antonin Dvorák(1841-1904) a Czech composer is known for his symphony works, but he wrote some very beautiful chamber music as well. They consist of string quartets, piano quintets, piano quartets, piano trios, rondo for cello and piano, serenade for winds, drobnosti, gavotte for 3 violins, bagatelles, sonatina for violin and piano, and other musical pieces. Only the early String Quintet No. 1 and the String Sextet are missing, while the inclusion of the Wind Serenade might be counted a bonus. With the exception of the Piano Quintets, where the presence of Richter and the Borodin Quartet provides an obvious attraction to fans of the performers. The other works included in the set are played by groups and artists with a high degree of skill. All of which are beautifully recorded in this Brilliant Classics Boxed Set. Dvorák played the violin and viola primarily, but he played the piano as well. Dvorák is mindful in matters of melodic leading, original motivic design, and the treatment of interplay between the instruments that can be heard in these works as well.

There are 8 CD's within this set and most of the recordings have a SPARS Code: DDD all except on disc 4 where the recordings are ADD. The recordings on disc 4 were recorded in 1982, December 31. The other recordings are more recent and were recorded digitally. Disc 3 was recorded in the USA in January 1989 at the Troy Concert Hall, while the others were recorded in Prague spanning several months in 1992 from March through December.

The quality of these recordings is excellent and the playback on a Blu-ray system will give you an aural feast. I was pleased at what I heard. The previous reviewer gave a listing of what is found on each CD, who performed the music, and the time on each CD, so I won't repeat it again. My purpose is to give you my impressions of the music as well as the recordings. But, if you are wondering about the label Brilliant Classics, they deliver top quality recordings at a remarkably affordable price, but what they really provide here is a whetting of the classical music appetite for new and unexpected treats. There are some real gems included, the unexpected treats, in this set and for those who are looking for some good relaxing music, look no further. I really liked the music on CD 6 and 7 where the violin sounds as if it is singing to you in the romance and romantic pieces on the respective CD's. The only recording that I've heard that was superior to these was that by Dvorák's great-grandson Josef Suk, III. These are a very close second. Brilliant Classics is known for complete works in one genre by a composer and they did well with this set.

Don't be fooled by the price, you are getting a quality recording that has outstanding acoustics, a genuine reproduction with precise depth gradation, with original dynamics and natural tonal colors. I played this recording on a Blu-ray with state of the art playback A/V and surround sound, and you can hear the spatial dimension throughout the recording. I had to tweak my system a bit, but that is not unusual because the each record label has different acoustical settings. The playing is solid, the recorded sound is also clear and rich. I was pleased with this boxed set as the music was well-played and paced within tolerances giving artistic interpretation. If you like chamber music involving piano and strings, this is an excellent choice. If you like the sound of the wind section on CD 8 you'll get a treat with the serenade as 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, 3 horns, cello and double-bass make a sweet sound. Meanwhile, if you want to get to know this music at one throw, don't want to spend lots of money, and want to feel confident that the performances capably and enjoyably project the music, this is a good place to start. After all, you can always get these musical works by different artists that you find especially appealing, as I did with the recordings of Josef Suk, III and as others emerge, you will surely want to. There's no other body of chamber music quite like this one. All of the outstanding lyrical beauty, heart, soul, passion, pathos and joy of Dvorák's chamber works is here, distilled into this boxed set for your enjoyment.
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