- Performer: Takacs Quartet, Andreas Haefliger
- Composer: A. Dvorak
- Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Decca
- ASIN: B00001IVQR
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Dvorak: Piano Quintet, Op. 81/ String Quartet No. 10, Op. 51
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The coupling of the magnificent String Quartet No. 10, Op. 51 couldn't be more perfect. Again, the same intimacy of playing prevails, the same glow. The sense of gentle give and take between the members of the Takacs Quartet is a joy. What a breathtaking and deeply devoted view they take of this quartet, with its exceptionally wonderful slow movement. I've not heard a more revealing rendition of this work.
The sound, although slightly ambient, suits and does not cloud the clarity or expression of this most moving and impressive recital.
[Running time: 71:27]
Everything seems to have come together in this reading to produce a great recording for the ages. Andreas Haefliger's joins the quartet with some sparking pianism that propells the fast movements with inspired verve and dazzling running semiquavers - all captured in brilliant clarity. Equally attractive is the poinant and serene second movement which is performed with a beautiful depth of passion and breathtaking emotive tonalities from the legendary Takacs Quartet. Overall, their temperament and approach here are ideal for Dvorak - appealing to his brilliant lyricism and love of the music of his homeland. The recording ambiance is bright, bold and perfectly balanced between instruments with just the right amount of spaciousness. In short, the Dvorak compositions on this CD are truly monumental, the playing of the highest caliber and the end result very attractive. Hopefully, we will see more recordings of Dvorak's chamber works from the Takacs Quartet (whose award-winning Beethoven Quartet cycle is also superb).
Living in Boulder (where the Takacs Quartet is in residence at Colorado University), I have had the priviledge to hear this superb quartet play in person. I thought they sounded great on disc, but to hear this ensemble in person is extraordinary.Read more ›
Its one of the best played piano and string quartet from Dvorak out there.
About this string quartet... well those of you familliar with Deccas Bartok 6 string quartets understand the extremly high quality of these guys and if you dont... trust me on this or read all reviwes about Bartoks 6 string quartets on Decca with Takacs string quartet.
Haefliger is marvelous on piano here and do justice to Dvoraks lovely pieces.
Its a very moving set and well worth its price.
But he falls into the spirit of this account, which is tender, sweet, and swoony. There's no doubt that we are hearing a deluxe, silky performance, but to my mind Dvorak's idiom is already somewhat sugary in this work, and the more starch and rigor one adds, the better. Tempos are middle of the road, execution is crisp and often sparkling, and Decca's sound is up-to-date, although I hear a little vinegar in the upper strings.
Dvorak had the misfortune to write one string quartet, the "American," whose popularity has overshadowed all the others. The Quartet #10 precedes the really great ones from Dvoraka's pen, but the Takacs step up and give it their all. This is a robust, committed reading that ranks among the best I've ever heard. It deserves five stars.
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An amazing recording of an amazingly beautiful score. Does not come any better.Published 19 months ago by Robert Kaplan
This music was new to me. I'm clearly not a musicologist but this is music that I find to be very well constructed but still not hard to listen to. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by J. C. Whitaker