Dvorák Piano Quintet in A, Opus 81
Much of Antonin Dvorák's early career was plagued by bad composing for the piano. His lack of experience combined with his infamiliarity with the piano resulted in many poor compositions: they were either too easy, too difficult, or just too bad to be considered great works.
Dvorák apparently figured something out when he wrote this
piece, though. The Piano Quintet in A is definitely one of
Dvorák's greatest pieces, earning it a solid position in
The Fifteen Greatest. Throughout the
quintet, Dvorák is able to combine brilliant piano passages
with the solid foundation of the string quartet. Dvorák's
Piano Quintet in A contains some of the finest and most delicate
textures known to music.
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Movement 1 | Movement 2 | Movement 3 | Movement 4
Recorded: in the TJHSST Auditorium on June 10, 1999 and in the Lin Residence on July 5, 1999
Piano: Alvin Lin
Violins: Michael Wilber, 1st; Laura Carr, 2nd;
Viola: Debdeep Maji
Cello: Charles Han;
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