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Dvorak: Quartet Op. 106 & Quintet Op. 97
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Dvorak: Quartet Op. 106 & Quintet Op. 97
Pacifica Quartet
Michael Tree, viola
Cedille Records CDR 90000 059

Chamber music occupied a special place in Dvorak's heart. This CD of two of his finest -- and less well-known -- chamber works will earn a cherished spot in your record collection.

Dvorak composed his richly textured String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (1893) during a sojourn in Iowa. It radiates Dvorak's warmth and humanity while also echoing his encounters with the music of different Native American tribes.

Poetic and expressive, the landmark String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106 (1895) shows Dvorak in his creative prime. "What marvelous music," says Gramophone magazine. "Why is it so rarely heard? . . . Why don't some of our younger quartets tackle this masterpiece?"

At last, one of them has. On this new Cedille recording, the Naumburg Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, a bold and dynamic young ensemble ("They all move on the same strong, supple band of time." -- New York Times), rises to the challenge, joined in the quintet by violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet.
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

PROGRAM (75:40)

ANTONIN DVORAK (1841 - 1904)

String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106 (40:30)
1. I. Allegro moderato (10:15)
2. II. Adagio ma non troppo (11:39)
3. III. Molto vivace (7:11)
4. IV. Finale: Andante sostenuto - Allegro con fuoco (11:13)

String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (34:56)
with Michael Tree, viola
5. I. Allegro non tanto (9:38)
6. II. Allegro vivo (5:50)
7. III. Larghetto (10:39)
8. IV. Finale: Allegro giusto (8:36)

Recorded: February and April 2001 at WFMT, Chicago / Producer: James Ginsburg / Engineer: Bill Maylone / Cover Photography: Prague, Czech Republic Joe Cornish/Stone / Design: Melanie Germond / Notes: Wayne Booth