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    After having a brief sulk about the site being crappily slow I got to listen to the Gade. It's a nice quartet but doesn't have much to make it particularly memorable (sorry annaw). I do have the Kontra so played it for the first time in ages. For me the 4th movement is pointless. It adds very little to the quartet and doesn't sit right. It works far better as a 4 movement work. As I said, it's a pleasant quartet. I'm worried about Searsponcho's pick. I fear it may require a huge amount of listening from me. Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    After having a brief sulk about the site being crappily slow I got to listen to the Gade. It's a nice quartet but doesn't have much to make it particularly memorable (sorry annaw). I do have the Kontra so played it for the first time in ages. For me the 4th movement is pointless. It adds very little to the quartet and doesn't sit right. It works far better as a 4 movement work. As I said, it's a pleasant quartet. I'm worried about Searsponcho's pick. I fear it may require a huge amount of listening from me. Lol.

    Don't worry, it will not. You probably already know it, or at least another more famous quartet by this well-known composer, and it's pretty easy to wrap your head around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SearsPoncho View Post
    Don't worry, it will not. You probably already know it, or at least another more famous quartet by this well-known composer, and it's pretty easy to wrap your head around it.
    Intriguing.

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    We haven't had any Dvorak...

    This week's string quartet is DVORAK'S STRING QUARTET #14, Op. 105.


    Dvorak's final string quartet is my favorite Dvorak quartet. There's an Op.106 quartet, but it was written before the Op. 105. Both string quartets were written in 1895 and coincided with Dvorak's return to his homeland. I like the last six quartets, but everything just seems to come together in this final quartet. I also prefer the Czech/Slavonic Dvorak to the pre-Copland Americana of some of his most popular compositions. Is this quartet a return to his roots, or are there still some vestiges of his American style present? I'm interested in your opinions on this issue. I believe that this is also a musical return home.

    As one would expect, this is late Romantic music using traditional classical forms. It's a generally sunny piece with a few darker moments and surprises.

    The recording I listen to is a cd from a set by the Panocha Quartet. As I mentioned elsewhere, this is one of the most gorgeous-sounding string quartet recordings I've heard. I just wonder if it's too beautiful. Should there occasionally be a more rustic edge?

    For those interested in comparative listening, there should be plenty of available recordings led by other great Czech quartets to keep you busy. Here's The Panocha Quartet kicking things off:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ReidR6wEQ The recording I have is on the Supraphon label, not the label listed on this Youtube video. I don't know if it's the same recording.

    For the entire quartet, here's the Prague String Quartet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMAhw7gASa0

    I hope you all enjoy listening to Dvorak's final string quartet!
    **See Merl, you had nothing to worry about.
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    Excellent! I own the Panocha set as well. Great set. I'll give this one a spin this am.
    Thanks!!

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    I have the Stamitz, Prague and Panocha complete sets and a few single cds with others on (Vlach, etc) as the late Dvorak SQs are faves of mine too but I've already counted at least 37 separate recordings from different ensembles. The brilliant Panocha set is my go-to set for all the SQs but will it be top of the pile when I listen to all the others available? Damn you SP, I've got a lot of listening to do. Lol.

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    Already started relistening to this lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SearsPoncho View Post
    We haven't had any Dvorak...

    This week's string quartet is DVORAK'S STRING QUARTET #14, Op. 105.


    Dvorak's final string quartet is my favorite Dvorak quartet. There's an Op.106 quartet, but it was written before the Op. 105. Both string quartets were written in 1895 and coincided with Dvorak's return to his homeland. I like the last six quartets, but everything just seems to come together in this final quartet. I also prefer the Czech/Slavonic Dvorak to the pre-Copland Americana of some of his most popular compositions. Is this quartet a return to his roots, or are there still some vestiges of his American style present? I'm interested in your opinions on this issue. I believe that this is also a musical return home.

    As one would expect, this is late Romantic music using traditional classical forms. It's a generally sunny piece with a few darker moments and surprises.

    The recording I listen to is a cd from a set by the Panocha Quartet. As I mentioned elsewhere, this is one of the most gorgeous-sounding string quartet recordings I've heard. I just wonder if it's too beautiful. Should there occasionally be a more rustic edge?

    For those interested in comparative listening, there should be plenty of available recordings led by other great Czech quartets to keep you busy. Here's The Panocha Quartet kicking things off:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ReidR6wEQ The recording I have is on the Supraphon label, not the label listed on this Youtube video. I don't know if it's the same recording.

    For the entire quartet, here's the Prague String Quartet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMAhw7gASa0

    I hope you all enjoy listening to Dvorak's final string quartet!
    **See Merl, you had nothing to worry about.
    Good choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I have the Stamitz, Prague and Panocha complete sets and a few single cds with others on (Vlach, etc) as the late Dvorak SQs are faves of mine too but I've already counted at least 37 separate recordings from different ensembles. The brilliant Panocha set is my go-to set for all the SQs but will it be top of the pile when I listen to all the others available? Damn you SP, I've got a lot of listening to do. Lol.

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    Merl,

    You don't have to listen to all that! I appreciate your commitment, but perhaps you could just listen to a couple Czech quartets and compare them to a couple non-Czechs (e.g., Emersons, Lindsays, Cleveland, etc.).
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    What an excellent choice! Dvorak is certainly one of the most prolific string quartet composers that we haven’t done yet, and one of my favorite composers of chamber music. Only problem for me is that all of the vintage Czech recordings (Panocha, Vlach, etc.) are on Supraphon and therefore not on streaming. I’ll see what I can scrounge up on YouTube.
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    I love Dvorak. Looking forward to listening to this.
    I'm realizing that my answer to the "favorite recording" question is usually Bruno Walter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    What an excellent choice! Dvorak is certainly one of the most prolific string quartet composers that we haven’t done yet, and one of my favorite composers of chamber music. Only problem for me is that all of the vintage Czech recordings (Panocha, Vlach, etc.) are on Supraphon and therefore not on streaming. I’ll see what I can scrounge up on YouTube.
    Both Panocha Quartet recordings (the Supraphon one from the complete box and the later Camerata one) are on Spotify. Btw, I'm gonna skip-listen quite a few of the less we'll-known ones, SP, and yes I will probably focus on the differences between the Czech quartets and the rest. A certain critic reckons that only the Czechs can play Czech SQs competently. Hmmm... Let's see.

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    So insomnia took me last night which gave me an opportunity to listen to the two recordings I have: Takacs and Panocha. Both versions are excellent. I love how tuneful Dvorák's music is. This is a lovely work.
    I'm realizing that my answer to the "favorite recording" question is usually Bruno Walter.

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    Two days of Dvorak listening here. I should start by saying that I love the 14th quartet but I've honestly never found THE perfect performance for me, no mater how many recordings I've heard but hopefully that will be remedied soon. Listening again to the Panocha performance it's exceptionally well-played and its from a great cycle but its not one of their strongest performances in the box, as lovely as it is. The Takacs' take on the 14th is also beautifully recorded and stunningly played yet it does sound slightly mannered and the stuttering start to the 2nd movement is not quite right for me, even though I love their more powerful approach elsewhere. Revisiting the Prague Quartet's recording I like their rather old-fashioned approach but the recording is still harsh on the ears with prolonged listening even if they do have a fluid style that is very appealing. The Vlach Quartet's Naxos recordings are generally very decent (they did an excellent American quartet) but again this needs a little more dynamic tension in slower moments. Still a decent recording, though. Today I finished off my listening via the the Smetana Quartet's live BBC recording on Spotify. It's an interesting recording and the playing is of great warmth and intensity yet the rather distant acoustics work slightly against it and there is some lack of cohesiveness in ensemble. The biggest find today was actually from a performance I already had on the hard drive but had never played. The Janacek quartet recorded this one in 1956 (its on the DG complete recordings set) and its a tour de force. The Janaceks are beautifully recorded considering this is from the 50s but its the playing that's the winner. Listen to the ensemble playing and dynamics in the 2nd movement and you'll know what I mean. Its got umph, beauty, some charming vibrato, drive and it 'bounces' . This is SQ playing of a terrific standard and a performance I will be returning to again soon (its now on the car USB so probably tomorrow).
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    Dvořák: String Quartet No. 14
    Janáček Quartet

    Recommended by Merl. Lovely so far. This is such a great work. Will listen to 12 through 15 later this week.
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