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Dvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets

During the 1870s and 1880s, well into the Romantic period, string quartets were falling by the wayside for a lot of composers, but a few managed to slip through the fabric of time and tell stories just as wondrous as the great Romantic tone poems that were popular at the time.

 
Program 1

Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in e minor, From My Life
Guarneri Quartet
Phi 420803
11:58, 13:52
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Edvard Grieg: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27, I & II
Guarneri Quartet
Phi 426286
18:01
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Antonín Dvorák: Cypresses, B 152- II & III
Emerson Quartet
DG B0014106
4:29
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Program 2

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1, D Major, Op. 11, I-III
St. Petersburg Quartet
Sony 57654
22:19
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Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet No. 9 in D minor, Op. 34, I, II, IV, III (excerpt)
Melos Quartet
HM 901510
23:39, 2:23
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Dvorák: Cypresses, B 152, VI & VII
Emerson Quartet
DG B0014106
4:11
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Program 3

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2, I
St. Petersburg Quartet
Sony 57654
12:20
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Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet #10 In E Flat, Op. 51
Takács Quartet
Lon 466197
18:25, 13:36
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Dvorák: Cypresses, B 152, I & V
Emerson Quartet
DG B0014106
6:55
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Program 4

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Quartet in B-flat major, op. post. (excerpt)
St. Petersburg Quartet
Sony 57654
3:56
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Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12, American: I, II, IV
Guarneri Quartet
Phi 420 803
16:59, 8:39, :20
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Alexander Borodin: String Quartet #1 In A I & III
Borodin Quartet
EMI 47795
19:46, 1:14
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Program 5

Giuseppe Verdi: String Quartet in E minor
Melos Quartet
HM 901671
21:42
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Alexander Borodin: Quartet No. 2 In D Major
Cleveland Quartet
Telarc 80178
28:32
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“Baubles, Bangles & Beads” (excerpt)
Sarah Vaughan
Sassy Swings the Tivoli
Polygram
2:47
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