Cypresses by Antonín Dvorák

Cypresses by Antonín Dvorák

by Timothy Robinson

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Cypresses by Antonín Dvorák

Brilliant idea, coupling Dvorák's "Cypresses," the song cycle, with Dvorák's "Cypresses," the string quartet transcription. This way, the listener gets the full "Cypresses" treatment: melodies of unbearable tenderness set to harmonies of ineffable beauty in both their original intimately emotional vocal version and in their equally blissfully sentimental transcription. Tenor Timothy Robinson has an impiously ardent way with Dvorák's melodies and pianist Graham Johnson supplies his usual simple, subtle, and sublime accompaniment. The Delme Quartet has a passionately sensuous way with Dvorák's shapes and forms, and its re-creation of the "Cypresses" in chamber music form is in its way just as effective as the original. Somm's recordings are distinctly different. The Delme Quartet was recorded in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk, in 2002 and its acoustic is close, warm, and real. Robinson and Johnson were recorded in Champs Hill, West Sussex, in 2004 and their acoustic is thin, dry, and honest.

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Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Somm Recordings
UPC: 0748871323629
catalogNumber: 236


  1. Cypresses (Cyprise), song cycle for voice and piano, B. 11
  2. Cypresses (Ohlas písní [Echoes of Songs]), for string quartet (arr. from Cypresses, B. 11), B. 152

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