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Dvorak's two piano quartets stand beside those of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann as important contributions to the chamber music repertoire.
Enlivened by Czech inflections, the elegant charm of the First, with its marvellous set of variations and combined scherzo-and-finale last movement, contrasts with the more
serious and weighty character of the Second, where an expressive theme for cello in the slow movement and a lyrical scherzo in waltz-time lighten the prevailing mood.

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listen  1. Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 23: I. Allegro moderatoVlach Quartet Prague15:17Album Only
listen  2. Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 23: II. Andantino con variazioniVlach Quartet Prague11:29Album Only
listen  3. Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 23: III. Finale: Allegretto scherzandoVlach Quartet Prague 7:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87, B. 162: I. Allegro con fuocoVlach Quartet Prague 8:37Album Only
listen  5. Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87, B. 162: II. LentoVlach Quartet Prague10:08Album Only
listen  6. Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87, B. 162: III. Allegro moderato, graziosoVlach Quartet Prague 7:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87, B. 162: IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppoVlach Quartet Prague 9:38Album Only

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  • Composer: Dvorak
  • Audio CD (December 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2009
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I grew up in a town that had been settled by Bohemians (Czechs) and many people in my town still spoke Czech at home. Bohemian music was heard everywhere. My first piano teacher was herself Czech and much of the music I learned in my early years was Czech. Consequently although I am not myself of Czech descent the music of that country is in my blood and bones. Consequently when I hear music by composers like Dvorák, Smetana, Suk, Janácek and the like I tend to listen for Czech inflections. Much as I like the Beaux Arts Trio's recording (with Walter Trampler) of Dvorák's two wonderful piano quartets there is just the last little bit of Bohemian-ness missing. The present CD is played by four Czech musicians. They are three members of the Vlach Quartet Prague along with pianist Helena Suchárová-Weiser. And the first violinist is Jana Vlachová, daughter of violinist Josef Vlach, founder of the Vlach Quartet, one of the great Czech string quartets of yesteryear.

Dvorák wrote two delightful piano quartets. The First Quartet, Op. 23, was written in 1875. Of the two quartets it is the most obviously influenced by Bohemian folk music (although there is also a good deal of influence from Schubert and indeed there is a piano figure in the first movement that always reminds me of an almost identical figure in Schubert's 'Trout' Quintet). The quartet is in three movements. The first movement opens with a quintessentially Czech melody played by the cello and it is taken up at length (through several key changes) by first the violin and then the piano. The development is unusual in that it leads to two false recapitulations before finally getting back to the home key of B flat. The middle movement is a set of five variations on a lovely melody.
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