Dvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets

August 20, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Our multiple-part series tracing the evolution of the string quartet continues with magnificent works from Antonin Dvořák, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Alexander Borodin. During the 1870s and 1880s, well into the Romantic period, string quartets were falling by the wayside for a lot of composers, but a few managed to slip through the fabric of time and tell stories just as wondrous as the great Romantic tone poems that were popular at the time. Many of these unique quartets have become calling cards for these three composers.

Playlist

Episode 1

Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in e minor, “From My Life”
Guarneri Quartet
String Quartets – Streichquartette: ‘From My Life’ / “American”
Philips 420803; 11:58, 13:52

Edvard Grieg: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27, I & II
Guarneri Quartet
String Quartets, Op. 56 “Voces Intimae”, Op. 27
Phi 426286; 18:01

Antonín Dvorák: Cypresses, B 152- II & III
Emerson Quartet
Dvorak: String Quartet Op. 96 – America / Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 – From My Life
DG B0014106; 4:29

Episode 2

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1, D Major, Op. 11, I-III
St. Petersburg Quartet
Tchaikovsky: The String Quartets
Sony 57654; 22:19

Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet No. 9 in D minor, Op. 34, I, II, IV, III (excerpt)
Melos Quartet
String Quartets Op 105 & 106
HM 901510; 23:39, 2:23

Antonín Dvorák: Cypresses, B 152, VI & VII
Emerson Quartet
Dvorak: String Quartet Op. 96 – America / Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 – From My Life
DG B0014106; 4:11

Episode 3

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2, I
St. Petersburg Quartet
Sony 57654
12:20

Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet No. 10 in E Flat, Op. 51
Takács Quartet
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No 2, String Quartet No. 10
London 466197; 18:25, 13:36

Antonín Dvorák: Cypresses, B 152, I & V
Emerson Quartet
Dvorak: String Quartet Op. 96 – America / Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 – From My Life
DG B0014106; 6:55

Episode 4

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. post. (excerpt)
St. Petersburg Quartet
Tchaikovsky: The String Quartets
Sony 57654; 3:56

Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12, “American”: I, II, IV
Guarneri Quartet
String Quartets – Streichquartette: ‘From My Life’ / “American”
Philips 420 803; 16:59, 8:39, :20

Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 1 in A I & III
Borodin Quartet
String Quartet No. 1 In A, String Quartet No. 2 In D
EMI 47795; 19:46, 1:14

Episode 5

Giuseppe Verdi: String Quartet in E minor
Melos Quartet
String Quartets
HM 901671; 21:42

Alexander Borodin: Quartet No. 2 In D Major
Cleveland Quartet
Classics – Borodin, Smetana: String Quartets
Telarc 80178; 28:32

Anonymous: “Baubles, Bangles & Beads” (excerpt)
Sarah Vaughan
On the Swingin’ Side of Sarah Vaughan
Roulette 2682 043; 2:47