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Prague String Quartet - Dvorak String Quartets
on 19 December 2006
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
With his string quartets, Dvorak reached the pinnacle of Romantic chamber music. I would say that several of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed are contained on these CDs.
The Prague String quartet clearly understand everything Dvorak expressed through the manuscripts to these pieces. To say that their playing is sublime would be a great understatement indeed - As an avid fan (I own a number of recordings of these string quartets played by various ensembles) of romantic chamber music I can say that this recording is truly unparalleled. Furthermore it is hard to imagine how one could improve upon it - a perfect balance of restraint and expression with nothing over-done or needlessly 'sickly', as tends to befall many other recordings of pieces by the Romantics.
I apologise if this review is so heavy on superlatives that it seems implausible that a CD could be this good, but I genuinely believe that this set of recordings is one of the most beautiful you will ever hear.