- Piano Quintet in A major, B. 28 (Op. 5)
- Piano Quintet in A major, B. 155 (Op. 81) (once listed as Op. 77)
Dvorák: Piano Quintets, Opp. 5 & 81by Sviatoslav Richter
If you're looking for the best-performed, best-recorded, best-coupled version of Dvorák's magnificent "Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81," look no further. Although some might argue that the performance is too Russian, the playing of the Borodin Quartet and Sviatoslav Richter is so strong, so soulful, and so consummately musical that calling it too Russian because of the violinist's vibrato or Richter's virtuosity seems pretty petty. And while some might claim that Philips' live recording from the 1982 Prague Festival is too edgy and intimate, the sound is so vital, so vivid, and so amazingly real that edgy and intimate are precisely the apt adjectives. And, of course, while some might quite reasonably point out that Dvorák's other "Piano Quintet in A major Op. 5," is an exceedingly early work with little of the drama and power of the later work, even they would have to agree that the two works make ideal discmates. While old timers may have their favorite recordings of the "Op. 81 Quintet" -- the richly lyrical Curzon/Vienna Philharmonic Decca disc comes immediately to mind -- anyone who doesn't already know the work could not do better than do get to know it through this performance.
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Performance CreditsSviatoslav Richter Primary Artist
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This recording of Dvorak's Piano Quintets in A, Opus 5 and Opus 81 by the Borodin Quartet and pianist Sviatoslav Richter is a must have for those interested in listening to these particular works by Dvorak. The quintet played both of these pieces with so much expressiveness and energy, and they are a delight to listen to.