12 Aug 2017

DVORAK: String Quartet No 14 in A flat Op 105

From Music Alive, 3:00 pm on 12 August 2017
Antonin Dvorak

Antonin Dvorak in 1882 Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons


Antonín Dvořák's happiness at returning to Prague after nearly three years in New York shines out of this quartet.  

Just as he used traditional North American folk music in the famous pieces written in America, the exuberant Czech stomping dance called the furiant makes an immediate appearance in the second movement while Dvořák's famous gift for melody sings out in the romantically moody and Bohemian third movement.

It's the crowning glory of his 30 years of writing for string quartet, a work of adventuring and of homecoming.

Recorded 4 August 2017 at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy