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Hours of Delightful Music
on 20 August 2012
I have always loved the music of Dvorak, truly one of the greatest composers of the nineteenth century and standing alongside Schubert as one of the greatest lyrical geniuses of all time. Johannes Brahms was one his most enthusiastic admirers and remarked, "I should be glad if something occurred to me as a main idea that occurs to Dvorak only by the way".
I have known, loved and admired the symphonies, including the early ones - what an amazing work is the first - for most of my life. I love the other orchestral works, particularly those remarkable late tone poems, which anticipate some of the things that Janacek was to achieve. I have the greatest admiration for his choral works such as the Stabat Mater and the Requiem, which are still not given the recognition they surely deserve. And what of the inexhaustable Slavonic Dances and many other lighter orchestral pieces? Then there is the chamber music in which Dvorak surely invites comparison with Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert. I could go on.
Why, then, have I never heard the music for piano? Why have I deprived myself of this great pleasure for all these years? It is wonderful and amazing, so full of good ideas and memorable tunes, and it is all played with such skill and devotion by Inna Poroshina. Like another reviewer I had never heard of her, but she is superb.
This set from Brilliant is a superb bargain. Buy it today before it disappears and treat yourself to hours of delightful music.