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Dvorįk: Music for Violin and Piano Vol. 1 [CD]

Edmund Battersby , Antonķn Dvorįk , Edmund Battersby Audio CD
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  • Composer: Antonķn Dvorįk
  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005NUOI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Romance in F minor, Op.11
2. Violin Sonata in F major, Op.57
3. Four Romantic Pieces, Op.75
4. Violin Sonatina in G major, Op.100

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Zhou Qian, violon - Edmund Battersby, piano

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5.0 out of 5 stars very good album 26 April 2014
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Had heard some of this album on the classic f m radio station , liked it so thought I would give to whole album a go . I was not disappointed and have become a fan of Dvorak so would recommend .
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This is the first of these series of Dvorak's notable works for violin and piano, performed by Zhou and Battersby.The couple found out a good rythm which makes this piece quite remarkable, for me 5-star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem 18 April 2004
By Blake Ratliff - Published on Amazon.com
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Over the past few years I have been trying to collect a library of beautiful chamber music that is well performed and well recorded. I have always enjoyed Dvorak's symphonies and concertos and the quality of Naxos recordings. So on a whim I took a chance on this one. I am glad I did so because this recording is now one of the few Gems in my rather large CD collection. The beauty of this music and the greatness of the performance have brought goose bumps, tears of joy, and thankfulness for all things good. The sound quality is gorgeous played through the Maple Tree Audio tube headphone amplifier and Grado RS-1 headphones. If you have made it to this page and read this review, then take a chance with this recording. At this low price I do not think you can go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful recital 23 Feb 2006
By Alan Lekan - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a huge Naxos customer, but this collection of some lesser-known Dvorak chamber music is a winner. While not the virtuostic sonatas of Beethoven, these wonderful compositions showcase Dvorak's endless melodic allure and Czech-inspiration. The opening aria-like 'Romance' in F-minor is probably the most sensual and lusturous piece of the set - with some of the Four Romantic Pieces not far behind. The underperformed Violin Sonata in F-major is the most substantial composition here with movements that span the range of emotion from lilting Bohemian Allegros to soaring, plaintive melodies in the slow movements. They are quite rich musically and feature some sparkling piano writing in the closing movement. By comparison, the other Sonata - a modest "Sonatina" - is not difficult but is a work whose beauty and appeal lie in its simplicity and charming melodies - not unlike what made Mozart's simpler pieces so appealing.

Several musicians have given strong performances of these works. Perlman gets high marks from many for his always beautiful and expressive phrasing. Josef Suk was a legendary "voice" for this genre and made some fine recordings - but are harder to find. In this CD, award-winning Chinese violinist Qian Zhou gives readings more on the bold, empassioned side, although she can coax out some beautiful, gentle lyricism in pieces like the Romance and first Romantic Piece. This disc (along with Volume II) got top reviews by ClassicsToday who rated it a 9/10 overall for artistry and sound quality. Indeed, the sound is very good: bold, bright and optimally resonant to bring out the full tonal colors. Perfect balance too, so no complaints on this Naxos engineering work. All-in-all, a wonderful recital of some of Dvorak's more humble chamber music out of a vast, impressive output. Additionally, if you have not explored Dvorak's chamber music (especially the piano trios and quartets), it is a wide, rewarding world to discover. The Naxos series of Dvorak String Quartets by the Vlach Quartet Prague is an important and welcome addition to the catalog of choices and is an excellent choice to explore this repertoire.
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Violin and Piano 27 Oct 2013
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's yet another recommendation for classical lovers. Dvorak's chamber music is something to be looked at because it's surely neglected. This CD from Naxos features Dvorak's Violin Sonata in F Major, Violin Sonatina in G Major, Four Romantic Pieces, and Romance in F minor. These compositions (which last from 10 to 20 minutes) are worth listening: they may be simple in terms of melodies, but the beauty of the music is definitely something to be experienced. These four compositions should be impossible to overlook. Edmund Battersby is the pianist and Qian Zhou is the violinist, and both perform with authenticity and panache. Sound quality from Naxos is a major plus.

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