8 May 2017

DVORAK: Piano Quintet in A Op 81

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 8 May 2017
NZSQ 2016

New Zealand String Quartet 2016 Photo: NZSQ

In the early part of his career Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904)  made most of his living playing the viola in the orchestra of the Czech Provisional Theatre in Prague.

But in 1877 he submitted a folio of compositions and was granted an Austrian State Stipendium and became a full-time composer.

Kathryn Stott

Kathryn Stott Photo: Lorenzo Cicconi Massi

Ten years later this Piano Quintet reveals the mature Dvořák as a master of the compositional craft.

Two principal elements pervade the Quintet: strongly rhythmic dance-like motifs contrasting with lyrical lines that suggest Czech folk song.

There are four movements and the second one is a Dúmka - a Slavic song that alternates between melancholy and extroverted joy.


Recorded 8 May 2017, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack