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Dvorak: Piano Quintets Opp. 5 and 81 [CD]

A. Dvorak Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00007EARX
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 5: I. Allegro ma non troppo 7:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 5: II. Andante sostenuto 8:02Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 5: III. Finale - Allegro con brio 8:30Album Only
Listen  4. Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81: I. Allegro, ma non tanto13:08Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81: II. Dumka: Andante con moto13:04Album Only
Listen  6. Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81: III. Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace 4:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81: IV. Finale: Allegro 7:07£0.69  Buy MP3 


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La majeur, Op.5 - La majeur, Op.81 / Ivan Klansky, piano - Quatuor Vlach de Prague

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 1999, couples together Dvorak's two piano quintets and thus makes an attractive and obvious pairing. Those with a long enough memory will remember the Vlach Quartet as a mainstay of the Supraphon catalogue in the early days of stereo. They delivered a noticeably superior standard of technical and musical satisfaction at that time and this newer group with 'Prague' added to the name is led by the original Vlach's daughter. The same fine technical and musical standards apply to this Prague group.

At first glance the two quintets seem to be from opposite ends of Dvorak's career and that is true to an extent. The original opus 5 quintet was written in 1872 when Dvorak was embarking on his career as a composer. The opus 81 was written in 1887 when he was fully established. However, also in 1887, he undertook a considerable revision and re-working of the earlier quintet and that later version is what we hear nowadays and on this disc.

Although Dvorak was able to improve the earlier quintet there is still a considerable difference in the maturity of the thematic material and what is done with it. The transition from the final bars of the first quintet to the opening of the second quintet is striking with the later quintet immediately showing a richer tonal pallet and a much larger scale of thought processes. In addition, there is little evidence of the folk element that is so integral to Dvorak's mature work in the first quintet but is embedded into the second quintet. This goes beyond the obvious Czech dance connections of building the slow movement around the dumka dance and the third movement around the furiant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salieri 2 Sep 2013
By Salieri
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The Vlach Quartet are a very fine ensemble indeed: Naxos did a good job snapping them up! I already have their Dvorak Piano Quartets, and this CD was a valuable addition. The earlier Quintet had a chequered history: Dvorak revised it, cutting bits out, but although he had not fully "found" himself, so to speak, it is still a very entertaining work, and well worth a hearing.

However, it is the great A Major Quintet of 1888 that is the spectacular piece of this CD. The performance is enormously exciting (as indeed is the earlier work), and what struck me immediately was the excellent balance between the Quartet and pianist Ivan Klansky. They are clearly thoroughly enjoying themselves and that transmutes itself to us. The almost leisurely opening with the lovely cello tune, is rapidly followed by some intensely energetic playing, which sweeps you along to the final bars. The amazing 2nd movement of this wonderful work covers so many changes of mood. It is basically a "Dumka" - traditionally a lament - but don't let that put you off, since more optimistic music intervenes, and there is even a quick dance sequence! The last 2 movements are quite short, compared with the first two (13 minutes each), but they are absolutely infectious. the 3rd movement is a Furiant, with a more relaxed central trio, but not That Relaxed, as Dvorak nips bits of the Furiant into it. The finale sums everything up, and is hugely entertaining.

There are many works which I believe should be in everyone's collection: this is one of them, and specifically this superbly vibrant, energetic and compelling performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One masterpiece, one early work played magnificently 3 Feb 2003
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Many of us have several recordings of the Dvorák piano quintets, Opp. 5 & 81, including the incandescent one with Sviatoslav Richter and the Borodin String Quartet. Here's a new one with an underrated Czech pianist, Ivan Klánskż, and the successor to the 'old' Vlach Quartet, headed by Josef Vlach's daughter, Jana Vlachova. I well remember hearing Klánskż in an electrifying Beethoven Fourth Concerto and have wondered why he isn't recorded more; maybe this recording will lead to others. The new Vlach Quartet seems to be recording most of the Dvorák string chamber music for Naxos; they had previously recorded for labels like Supraphon. And I treasure a recording of the delightful Arriaga quartets on the obscure Avenira label. Kudos to Naxos for giving them the opportunity to record music from their homeland; surely this music is in their blood. It sure sounds like it.
The first quartet, Op. 5, in A major just like its much later successor, is a very early work, and not very often played in concert. It is, indeed, rather generic, if you can called skilfully composed music in the style of Schumann generic. What I mean is it doesn't immediately sound like Dvorák. But wait! When we get to the third movement something happens and it begins sounding like the 'nationalistic' Dvorak, or at least like the Brahms of the piano quartets. Rollicking tempo, catchy tunes, folk-inflected music. Ah, yes.
As for the very familiar second Quintet, I would say that this recording can definitely hold its own with other well-known recordings, even the Richter/Borodin one. The dumky movement, particularly, is so sweetly melancholy that it almost brings a tear to the eye. The finale just about jumps out of your speakers it's so spirited.
Yes, these are good performances caught in lifelike sound. And then there's the Naxos price . . .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An obvious and valuable coupling of the two piano quintets 24 Oct 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 1999, couples together Dvorak's two piano quintets and thus makes an attractive and obvious pairing. Those with a long enough memory will remember the Vlach Quartet as a mainstay of the Supraphon catalogue in the early days of stereo. They delivered a noticeably superior standard of technical and musical satisfaction at that time and this newer group with 'Prague' added to the name is led by the original Vlach's daughter. The same fine technical and musical standards apply to this Prague group.

At first glance the two quintets seem to be from opposite ends of Dvorak's career and that is true to an extent. The original opus 5 quintet was written in 1872 when Dvorak was embarking on his career as a composer. The opus 81 was written in 1887 when he was fully established. However, also in 1887, he undertook a considerable revision and re-working of the earlier quintet and that later version is what we hear nowadays and on this disc.

Although Dvorak was able to improve the earlier quintet there is still a considerable difference in the maturity of the thematic material and what is done with it. The transition from the final bars of the first quintet to the opening of the second quintet is striking with the later quintet immediately showing a richer tonal pallet and a much larger scale of thought processes. In addition, there is little evidence of the folk element that is so integral to Dvorak's mature work in the first quintet but is embedded into the second quintet. This goes beyond the obvious Czech dance connections of building the slow movement around the dumka dance and the third movement around the furiant.

Having made those distinctions, even early and revised Dvorak is still considerably superior to much other music, and this whole disc will give considerable satisfaction to those listening to it given the sympathetic and expert playing on offer here.

I would therefore suggest that this disc is an obvious candidate for potential purchase when considering which disc collectors may wish to buy.

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Some dialogue from the comments section that may offer further help:

Excellent review , thank you. Before some of our nit-pickers whine at you I was amused to find that the op.5 was written in 1972. Perhaps, he was the real Doctor Who travelling back in time. You may want to edit it, Best regards, Tom Kent. (U.K. review)

Thanks for spotting that! It has now been rectified! Ian Giles. (U.K. review)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT SET HERE. 24 Dec 2012
By michael mailey - Published on Amazon.com
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5 STARS AGAIN!!NAXOS has another great cd here. Dvorak has another great set of quintets here.Number 1 is short to me and sound not that great.But number 2 sounds better and longer.
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB! 3 Jun 2014
By Dale Helward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I did not know of this group before but this recording has made me want to seek out more of their work.
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