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Dvořák: Love Songs, Op. 83 - Piano Quintet, Op. 81 - Cypresses for String Quartet

Thymos Quartet, Adriana Kucerova, Christoph Eschenbach

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Love Songs, B.160  
1.1
No. 1, O naši lásce nekvete to vytouzené stestí
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
2:07
1.2
No. 2, V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
2:22
1.3
No. 3, Kol domu se ted’ potácím
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
1:28
1.4
No. 4, Já vím, že v sladké naději
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
2:22
1.5
No. 5, Nad krajem vévodi lehký spánek
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
1:50
1.6
No. 6, Zde v lese u potoka
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
2:04
1.7
No. 7, V té sladké moci ocí tvých
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
1:56
1.8
No. 8, Ó duše drahá jedinká
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
1:52
Cypresses, B.11  
1.9
No. 6, Ja vim, ze v slake nadeji
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
4:22
1.10
No. 3, V tak mnohem srdci mrtvo jest
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
2:31
1.11
No. 14, Zde v lese u potoka
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
3:07
1.12
No. 4, O duse drama jedinka
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
3:18
1.13
No. 17, Nad krajem vevodi leaky spanek
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
2:45
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, B.155  
1.14
I. Allegro ma non tanto
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
14:06
1.15
II. Dumka. Andante con moto
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
16:33
1.16
III. Scherzo-Furiant. Molto vivace
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
4:17
1.17
IV. Allegro
Antonin Dvořák; Thymos Quartet; Adriana Kucerova; Christoph Eschenbach
7:45
Total Playing Time    74:45
"The playing in the quartet arrangements and the Quintet is very fine ..." - BBC Music Magazine "Four Stars ... (Eschenbach) is still a magnificent player, as witness his ability to make Dvořák's occasionally awkward piano writing sound like spun silk ... the Quintet sounds utterly enchanting in this gloriously unhurried reading." - Classic FM "Editor's Choice ... a great programming idea ... (Kucerova is) a vocal epitome of amatory responsiveness ... throughout the entire performance there's no mistaking the leader of the pack: one is always aware of listening to an excellent quartet and an exceptional pianist. Absolutely no harm in that!" - Gramophone Soprano Adriana Kucerová and pianist Christoph Eschenbach are featured soloists on this fascinating Dvořák programme from Paris-based Quatuor Thymos. Little is known about the melodies of Cypresses, the title taken from a volume of poems by Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky which inspired the composer’s burst of songwriting in 1865. Eight of the songs later became the cycle Love Songs and 12 were arranged for string quartet, five of which are presented here. Recalling youthful love letters that are preserved and cherished, Love Songs and Cypresses combine beautiful melodic simplicity with the technique of a composer who was at the height of his powers. Completing the album is the Piano Quintet No. 2, premiered in 1888 at the same time as the string quartet version of Cypresses.
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Love Songs recorded at Théâtre de Fountaineblau, France, October 27, 2010 Cypresses recorded at Temple de l’Annociation, Paris, March 25, 2011 Piano Quintet recorded at Eglise du Bon Secours, Paris, May 4 and 9, 2011 Recording producer and engineer: François Eckert Assistant engineers: Étienne Graindorge (Love Songs), Virginie Burgun (Cypresses, Piano Quintet)

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