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Another fine disc from the Vlach Quartet, Prague in this excellent series,
This review is from: Dvorak: String Quartet, Op. 34 / Terzetto, Op. 74 (Audio CD)
The Vlach Quartet, Prague has strong family links with the original Vlach Quartet that will be familiar to those who collected Supraphon discs in the 1960's. This new series of the Dvorak quartets is a resounding success and simply illustrates that lower priced labels like Naxos are really able to compete on an equal footing with the more expensive alternatives. The secret has been to engage high quality players such as this group and provide them with excellent recordings. This particular disc was well recorded in 1995 and delivers natural and revealing sound.
The quartet on this disc, his ninth, has an early opus number relative to others in the series such as the eighth and eleventh. This is a result of revisions carried out in later life but which retained the original numerical numbering but not the original opus numbers.
This ninth quartet did not receive extensive revision and comes from fairly early in Dvorak's career at a time when he was just finding his Slavonic voice, such as evidenced in the polka form of the second movement. That is more fully established in the later Terzetto whose scherzo is really a furiant with a gentler middle section. The harmonic and instrumental writing of both works is recognisably that of Dvorak. The Terzetto, as a trio, does not have the same instrumentation as the quartets but is written for the unusual combination of two violins and viola instead of the more normal scoring which would include a cello.
This then is a well recorded and satisfying pair of chamber works very well and sympathetically played. The players are, not surprisingly bearing in mind their musical background, completely at one with the idiom of Dvorak's Slavonic style. I would suggest that it, like the others in the series, is well worth considering as a strong purchase option.