Dvorak - Piano Quintet, String Quintet | Hyperion - Helios CDH55472

Dvorak - Piano Quintet, String Quintet

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Label: Hyperion - Helios

Cat No: CDH55472

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 3rd February 2014

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The two works recorded here come from different periods in Dvorák’s career. In the String Quintet in G he dispenses with a second viola, instead placing a double bass beneath the single cello, but textural richness is not the composer’s aim - one can listen to passages of the work without sensing any pointed differences from quartet texture.

Similarly, the success of the Piano Quintet in A rests on its happy reconciliation of forces. Dvorák’s early attempts at composing for the piano had been hampered by his own lack of familiarity with the instrument, but in this work he achieves a remarkable fluency, with five instruments operating as consistent equals and in harmonious unity and balance.

Gaudier Ensemble:
- Marieke Blankestijn (violin)
- Lesley Hatfield (violin)
- Iris Juda (viola)
- Christoph Marks (cello)
- Stephen Williams (double bass)
- Susan Tomes (piano)

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