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Pavel Haas Quartet, Giltburg, Nikl - Dvorak / Quintets Op. 81 & 97

By Boris Giltburg

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By Boris Giltburg, Pavel Haas Quartet, and Pavel Nikl. By Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Classical. CD. Supraphon Music Publishing #SU4195-2. Published by Supraphon Music Publishing (NX.SU4195-2).

Item Number: NX.SU4195-2

Seven years after they triumphed with Dvorak's quartets, Pavel Haas Quartet are back to Dvorak. For the occasion of recording his quintets, they have invited two guests: the pianist Boris Giltburg (winner of 2013 Queen Elizabeth Competition), as well as one of the PHQ founding members, violist Pavel Nikl. Antonin Dvorak composed his Piano Quintet No. 2 while staying at his beloved summer house in Vysoka 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 Dvorak." The String Quintet op. 97, albeit only six years younger, presents a completely ""different Dvorak". 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." Pavel Haas Quartet is at home in Dvorak's music - to quote the Sunday Times, ""In this repertoire, they are simply matchless today.".

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