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AV 2234

Dvorak - Love Songs / Piano Quintet / Cypresses for String Quartet

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011

Originally recorded in 2011


Christoph Eschenbach

piano (1-8,14-17)

Adriana Kucerova

soprano (1-8)

Quatuor Thymos



Temple de l'Annonciation, Paris

25 Mar 2011

Theatre de Fontainebleau

27 Oct 2010

Église du Bon Secours, Paris

4 & 9 May 2011


Francois Eckert


Francois Eckert

Record Label
Avie Records



Vocal & Song

Total Time - 74:39
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Písne milostné [Love Songs] Op.83 B160

1 No.1 O naši lásce nekvete [Never will love lead us] 2:07
2 No.2 V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest [Death reigns] 2:22
3 No.3 Kol domu se ted' potácím [I wander oft] 1:27
4 No.4 Já vím, že v sladké nadeji [I know that on my love] 2:22
5 No.5 Nad krajem vévodi lehký spánek (Nature lies peaceful] 1:51
6 No.6 Zde v lese u potoka [In deepest forest glade] 2:05
7 No.7 V té sladké moci [When thy sweet glances] 1:56
8 No.8 Ó duše drahá jedinká [Thou only dear one] 1:46

Cypriše [Cypresses] B152

9 No.1 Já vím že v sladké nadeji: Moderato 4:23
10 No.2 V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest: Allegro ma non troppo 2:32
11 No.8 Zde v lese u potoka: Lento 3:07
12 No.9 Ó duše drahá jedinká: Moderato 3:18
13 No.11 Nad krajem vévodi lehký spánek: Allegro scherzando 2:41

Piano Quintet in A Op.81 B155

14 I Allegro ma non tanto 14:06
15 II Dumka: Andante con moto 16:33
16 III Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace 4:17
17 IV Finale: Allegro 7:46

“Think about a young man in love – this is what they are about,” wrote Dvorák to his publisher when he was preparing Cypresses for string quartet. The title is taken from a volume of poems by Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky which inspired the composer’s earlier burst of song writing in 1865, eight of which later became the cycle Love Songs Op. 83, and 12 of which were arranged for string quartet, five of them 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, by the mid-late 1880s, at the height of his powers. Cypresses in their string quartet form were premiered on 6 January 1888, on a bill which also featured the first performance of the Piano Quintet, Op 81.

The Paris-based Quatuor Thymos – named after an ancient Greek term meaning “spiritedness” – comprises four First Prize winners from the Paris and Lyon conservatoires. Following acclaimed performances throughout France and in other European capitols, they were invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago by Christoph Eschenbach. This recording brings the foursome together with the eminent pianist, who also accompanies the Slovakian soprano Adriana Kucerova whose star is rapidly in the ascendant.

"...This is an emotional, romantic disc that is hard to resist ..."

James H North - Fanfare - March/April 2012

"Pianist Christoph Eschenbach collaborates with a marvelous quintet of young performers to capture the quintessential lyric impulse in Dvorak."  *****

Gary Lemco - Audiophile Audition - 18 January 2012

"...Throughout the entire performance there’s no mistaking the leader of the pack: one is always aware of listening to an excellet quartet and an exceptional pianist..."

Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - January 2012

"An engaging programme ... the Quintet sounds utterly enchanting in this gloriously unhurried reading ... These searching performances reveal hidden depths that often lie obsured under a cosy veneer of outdoor exuberance."  ****

julian Haylock - Classic FM magazine - February 2012

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