Dvorak - Quintets opp. 81 & 97 | Supraphon SU41952

Dvorak - Quintets opp. 81 & 97


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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU41952

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 20th October 2017



Pavel Haas Quartet
Boris Giltburg (piano)
Pavel Nikl (viola)


Dvorak, Antonin

Piano Quintet in A major, op.81
String Quintet in E flat major, op.97 B180 'American'


Pavel Haas Quartet
Boris Giltburg (piano)
Pavel Nikl (viola)


Seven years after they triumphed with Dvořák’s quartets (SU40382, op.96 “American” and op.106 – Gramophone Award “Recording of the Year”), the Pavel Haas Quartet are back to Dvořák. For the occasion of recording his quintets, they have invited two guests: the pianist Boris Giltburg (winner of 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition), as well as one of the PHQ founding members, violist Pavel Nikl. Antonín Dvořák composed his Piano Quintet No.2 while staying at his beloved summer house in Vysoká in the late summer of 1887. The renowned critic Eduard Hanslick responded to its performance in Vienna enthusiastically: “It is one of his most beautiful works. A genuine Dvořák.”

The String Quintet op.97, albeit only six years younger, presents a completely “different Dvořák”. After the Symphony from the New World and the “American” quartet, the string quintet is the composer’s third work written in America. Besides drawing inspiration from the music of the Native American tribe of the Iroquois which he heard in Spillville in the summer of 1893, he built the third movement around a theme that he had previously considered using in a proposal for a new American anthem. And Hanslick’s testimonial? “This is probably the simplest, most natural and happiest music composed since Haydn’s times. The ear enjoys it with an easy-going attitude and the spirit is not bored for a single moment.”

The Pavel Haas Quartet is at home in Dvořák’s music – to quote the Sunday Times, “In this repertoire, they are simply matchless today.”


The [Pavel] Haas Quartet with Boros Giltburg provide both relaxation and a strong sense of purposeful energy.; throughout every ‘espressivo’ marking is given full weight without the ensemble losing their grip on the structure or driving the lyricism too hard. ... Excellently recorded, these performances are among the most memorable I have encountered in recent years.  Jan Smaczny (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine November 2017
... the Pavel Haas Quartet ... are joined by Pavel Nikl, the quartet’s founder viola player. It is the happiest of reunions and their sense of shared purpose is evident from the very start. ... Another triumphant addition to the Pavel Haas’s already Award-laden discography.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone November 2017
The Pavel Haas Quartet join forces with pianist Boris Giltberg for that famous A major Piano Quintet and this is joyous, generous music making.
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 21 October 2017
The Czech players near incomparable in this music with their compatriot, [Pavel] Nikl.  Album of the Week
The Sunday Times 22 October 2017
The playing is breathtakingly good, each performer maintaining their own personality and yet working together to conjure a special magic, whether in the sparkling “furiant” of the piano quintet No 2 in A major, Op 81 (with Boris Giltburg at his most mercurial), or the dreamy, song-like opening movement of the string quintet in E flat major, Op 97, redolent of the wide-open spaces of rural Iowa. Highly recommended.  Stephen Pritchard
The Observer 15 October 2017
Gramophone Award Winner Gramophone Editor's Choice Radio 3 Building a Library First Choice

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