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Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, McDonald, Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma - Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina (1996)

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Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, McDonald, Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma - Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina (1996)

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina, Op. 100 (1996)
Isaac Stern, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano; Robert McDonald, piano; Jaime Laredo, viola; Yo-Yo Ma, cello

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Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # SK 62597 | Time: 01:08:30

Antonin Dvorák's Piano Quartet No. 2 is one of the greatest chamber works of the 19th century (as are many of Dvorák's chamber compositions). Written in 1889 at the request of his publisher Simrock, it is a big, bold work filled with the Czech master's trademark melodic fecundity, harmonic richness, and rhythmic vitality. The first movement is a soaring, outdoor allegro with an assertively optimistic main theme accented by Czech contours and Dvorák's love of mixing major and minor modes. The Lento movement's wistful main theme is played with a perfect mixture of passion and poise by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The music alternates between passages of drama and delicacy in this, one of Dvorák's finest slow movements in any medium. The Scherzo's stately waltz is contrasted by a lively, up-tempo Czech country dance. The finale is a high-stepping, high-spirited allegro with a strong rhythmic pulse that relaxes for the beautifully lyrical second subject. The development is a satisfying combination of motivic variety and strict structural logic. Dvorák packs a lot of music into this movement that lasts less than seven minutes. Ma and colleagues Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, and Emanuel Ax bring the same excitement, virtuosity, and cohesiveness to this work as they did in their recordings of the Brahms piano quartets.

Dvorák's Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano were originally composed as a trio and later rearranged by the composer. The pieces live up to their name with their contrasting doleful, serene, and angry moods. The Sonatina in G for Violin and Piano was composed for Dvorák's teenaged son and daughter, who gave the premiere. There is nothing amateurish about this music whose second movement was inspired by Dvorák's visit to Minnesota's Minehaha falls while reflecting on Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha. Stern, who is handsomely accompanied by pianist Robert McDonald, plays with much more security of tone and intonation than on his recording of Brahms' Violin Sonatas a few years back, reclaiming his stature among the violin's elder statesmen. The recording is warmly reverberant for the violin and piano works, but the quartet recording has the strings sounding up-close and dry.

Review by Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com

Is there a better Chamber Quartet out there than Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, Jamie Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma? I think not. The men behind a string of brilliant Piano Quartet recordings by Brahms, Faure and Mozart, ring in the 21st Century with this terrific recording of Dvorak's Second Piano Quartet, Op. 87. Originally I considered purchasing, based on Amazon's recommendation, the Emerson String Quartet disc that couples this piece with Dvorak's Piano Quintet. But a knowledgeable friend had reservations about that title, and instead suggested Juilliard's Sony Essential Classic CD which features the Piano Quintet (with Rudolf Firkusny) and the "American" String Quartet. I am delighted to own that amazing disc, but it still left me needing to find an acceptable Piano Quartet recording. Well, this CD not only filled the void in my collection, but also the void in my life. Just kidding, but it is a first rate rendition of the Quartet. The disc's remaining material has pianist Robert McDonald joining Stern on Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano and the Sonatina in G Major for Violin and Piano, and while the latter piece was written for Dvorak's kids, there is nothing amateurish about it. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, rewarding collection of Dvorak's music played lovingly and enthusiastically by some of today's master musicians.

Review by Michael Brad Richman, Allmusic.com

Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, McDonald, Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma - Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina (1996)

Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, McDonald, Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma - Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina (1996)


Tracklist:

Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 87:
01. I. Allegro con fuoco (08:38)
02. II. Lento (10:51)
03. III. Allegro moderato, grazioso (07:17)
04. IV. Finale: Allegro, ma non troppo (06:46)

Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75:
05. I. Allegro moderato (03:32)
06. II. Allegro maestoso (02:55)
07. III. Allegro appassionato (02:28)
08. IV. Larghetto (05:52)

Sonatina in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100:
09. I. Allegro risoluto (06:01)
10. II. Larghetto (04:04)
11. III. Scherzo: Molto vivace (03:42)
12. IV. Finale: Allegro (06:19)


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Isaac Stern (violin), Robert McDonald (piano) / Dvořák. Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina, Op. 100 (5-12)
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DR13 -3.18 dB -21.78 dB 6:02 09-Sonatina in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100: I. Allegro risoluto
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Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, McDonald, Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma - Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quartet No. 2; Romantic Pieces; Sonatina (1996)

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