11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 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....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 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.