Dvorak: String Sextet & String Quintet (CD)

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The Nash Ensemble

“enjoyable Dvořák coupling worthy of joining the list of recommendations”
“The Sextet, one of Dvořák’s finest chamber works, makes an excellent pairing with the double-bass Quintet … a striking contrast to the Sextet’s expansive richness. The Nash Ensemble are well recorded and play with refined expression while attacking the brilliant, quasi-orchestral music in the two finales with force and spirit. I particularly enjoyed the smiling, sunlit atmosphere in the Sextet’s first movement; and there’s beautiful playing, too, in the Quintet’s Andante and Intermezzo.” (Gramophone)

  • String Sextet in A (two violins, two violas & two cellos, B80, Op.48(1878)
  • [1] I: Allegro moderato 14:12
  • [2] II: Dumka (Elegie): Poco Allegretto 7:06
  • [3] III: Furiant: Presto 4:11
  • [4] IV: Finale: Tema con Variazioni 7:50
  • String Quintet in G for two violins, viola, cello & double bass,
    B49 Op.77 (1875)
  • [5] I: Allegro con fuoco 10:58
  • [6] II: Scherzo: Allegro vivace 7:43
  • [7] III: Poco andante 7:52
  • [8] IV: Finale: Allegro assai 7:04
  • [9] Intermezzo in B for two violins, viola, cello & double bass,
    B49 (1875) 4:34