Love Songs, Cypresses, Piano Quintet in A major
Title:

Love Songs, Cypresses, Piano Quintet in A major

Composer:
Artists:

Thymos Quartet
Adriana Kucerova, soprano
Christoph Eschenbach, piano

Cat No:

AV2234

Price:

£12.49

Summary:

“Think about a young man in love – this is what they are about,” wrote Dvořák to his publisher when he was preparing Cypresses for string quartet. The title is taken from a volume of poems by Gustav Pfleger-Moravsky which inspired the composer’s earlier burst of song writing in 1865, eight of which later became the cycle Love Songs Op. 83, and 12 of which were arranged for string quartet, five of them presented here. Recalling youthful love letters that are preserved and cherished, Love Songs and Cypresses combine beautiful melodic simplicity with the technique of a composer who was, by the mid-late 1880s, at the height of his powers. Cypresses in their string quartet form were premiered on 6 January 1888, on a bill which also featured the first performance of the Piano Quintet, Op 81.

The Paris-based Quatuor Thymos – named after an ancient Greek term meaning “spiritedness” – comprises four First Prize winners from the Paris and Lyon conservatoires. Following acclaimed performances throughout France and in other European capitols, they were invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago by Christoph Eschenbach. This recording brings the foursome together with the eminent pianist, who also accompanies the Slovakian soprano Adriana Kucerova whose star is rapidly in the ascendant.

Tracklist:

Antonin DVOŘÁK (1841 – 1904)
Písně milostné [Love Songs] Op. 83 B160
1. O naši lásce nekvete [Never will love lead us] (2:07)
2. V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest [Death reigns] (2:22)
3. Kol domu se ted’ potácím [I wander oft] (1:27)
4. Já vím, že v sladké naději [I know that on my love] (2:22)
5. Nad krajem vévodi lehký spánek [Nature lies peaceful] (1:51)
6. Zde v lese u potoka [In deepest forest glade] (2:05)
7. V té sladké moci [When thy sweet glances] (1:56)
8. Ó duše drahá jedinká [Thou only dear one] (1:46)

Cypřiše [Cypresses] B152
9. No. 1 Já vím, že v sladké naději: Moderato (4:23)
10. No. 2 V tak mnohém srdci mrtvo jest: Allegro ma non troppo (2:32)
11. No. 8 Zde v lese u potoka: Lento (3:07)
12. No.9 Ó duše drahá jedinká: Moderato (3:18)
13. No.11 Nad krajem vévodi lehký spánek: Allegro scherzando (2:41)
Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 B155
14. I Allegro ma non tanto (14:06)
15. II Dumka: Andante con moto (16:33)
16. III Scherzo (Furiant): Molto vivace (4:17)
17. IV Finale: Allegro (7:46)
Total time: 75:19

Love Songs recorded 27 October 2010 at Théâtre de Fountaineblau, France; The Cypresses recorded 25 March 2011 at Temple de l’Annociation, Paris; Piano Quintet recorded 4 and 9 May 2011 at Eglise du Bon Secours, Paris
Recording producer and engineer: François Eckert
Assistant engineers: Étienne Graindorge (Love Songs), Virginie Burgun (The Cypresses, Piano Quintet)