Dvorák: Complete Piano Works

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dedicated Dvorák fans will want this four-disc set of the composer's complete piano works played by Radoslav Kvapil. Dating from the late '60s, the performances are subtle, sensitive, and played as well as one could hope. Kvapil seems to not only know the pieces, he appears to like them, and he gives each one his undivided attention and complete commitment. Dvorák was not at his best writing for the piano, and most of the music here could be best described as salon music: poetic, evocative, tender, and very small scale. Imagine Grieg's "Lyric Pieces" but with a bit less charm and a lot less character and you'll have some idea of what to expect. The best pieces are the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Dedicated Dvorák fans will want this four-disc set of the composer's complete piano works played by Radoslav Kvapil. Dating from the late '60s, the performances are subtle, sensitive, and played as well as one could hope. Kvapil seems to not only know the pieces, he appears to like them, and he gives each one his undivided attention and complete commitment. Dvorák was not at his best writing for the piano, and most of the music here could be best described as salon music: poetic, evocative, tender, and very small scale. Imagine Grieg's "Lyric Pieces" but with a bit less charm and a lot less character and you'll have some idea of what to expect. The best pieces are the later ones -- the "Suite in A, Op. 98"; the "Humoresques, Op. 101"; and the "Poetic Moods, Op. 85" -- and as he does with everything here, Kvapil neither over- nor under-interprets them, but lets them speak for themselves. Whether this approach succeeds in making this music more than entertaining is up to the individual listener. Supraphon's stereo sound is perhaps too distant and possibly too boxy, but still serviceable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Supraphon
  • UPC: 099925401825
  • Catalog Number: 4018
  • Sales rank: 83,977

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–12 Silhouettes (12) for piano, B. 98 (Op. 8) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (20:29)
  2. 13–14 Minuets (2) for piano, B. 58 (Op. 28) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (13:01)
  3. 14 Dumka, for piano in D minor, B. 64 (Op.35) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (8:26)
  4. 15 Theme & Variations for piano in A flat major, B. 65 (Op.36) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (14:55)
  5. 16 Scottish Dances (Skotské tance) for piano in D minor, B. 74 (Op.41) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (5:51)
  6. 18–19 Furiants (2) for piano, B. 85 (Op.42) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (10:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1–8 Waltzes (8) for piano, B. 101 (Op. 54) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (25:04)
  2. 9–12 Eclogues (4), for piano, B. 103 (Op. 56) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (16:32)
  3. 10 Moderato for piano in A major, B. 116 - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (2:56)
  4. 14–16 Album leaves (Lístky do památníku) (4), for piano, B. 109 - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (6:51)
  5. 17–22 Pieces (6) for piano, B. 110 (Op. 52) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (19:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1–6 Mazurkas (6) for piano, B. 111 (Op. 56) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (20:44)
  2. 2 Impromptu for piano in D minor, B. 129 - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (5:16)
  3. 3 Dumka, for piano in C minor, B. 136 (Op.12/1) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (4:30)
  4. 4 Furiant, for piano in G minor, B. 137 (Op.12/2) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (3:43)
  5. 5 Humoreska for piano in F sharp major, B. 138 - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (2:42)
  6. 11–15 Suite for piano in A major, B. 184 (Op. 98) (also listed as Op. 101) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (18:46)
  7. 16–17 Pieces (2) for piano, B. 188 - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (5:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1–8 Humoresques (8) for piano, B. 187 (Op. 101) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (22:42)
  2. 9–21 Poetic Tone Pictures (13) for piano, B. 161 (Op. 85) - Antonin Dvorák & Radoslav Kvapil (53:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radoslav Kvapil Primary Artist
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