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5.0 out of 5 stars The complete set...., 29 April 2005
John David Charles Hilton "Creative spark...." (Redcliffe, Bristol United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Complete String Quartets (Audio CD)
This set contains not only the 13 numbered string quartets, but also the 72 minute D Major quartet with which the composer opened his account in this genre, and also two abandoned string quartet movements, SQ arrangements of 12 of the Liebeslieder, 2 waltzes for SQ and the Terzet for 2 Violins and Viola. All packaged in a slim box.
The booklet is detailed, though some of the awkward and occassionaly strained language suggests a poor translation.
The performances are of a high standard and sympathetic to the works. It is possible to hear the development of Dvorak's style in these works, which span most of his career. Some of the early works, especially that massive D Major opener, suffer slightly from over-ambition, but the quality of music here is consistently high.
The sound is very good. All of this so little money! If you love either string quartets or Dvorak then what are you waiting for? This set is pretty much a "must have" item. And it only takes up just over an inch of shelf space.
There is also a Brilliant Classics' Chamber Music set that contains all of Dvorak's chamber music not included in this set... it is also well worth seeking out...
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