Here, the insistent, broad theme is presented in snappy cascades of sound. The cantilena, supported by a scurrying second subject, is followed by a frenzied Scherzo, which is steeped in Czech folk music under Dvořák’s distinctive style. The third movement (Poco andante) is highly meditative and is constructed with layers of one and the same basic motif, which soon is intensified with pulsating quavers and finally evolves in rising melodic elements.
The Finale is filled with fresh melodies and spiced with subtle motivic development, which is pleasant on the ear in all its complexity. It is not surprising, therefore, that Dvořák won an important prize for his Quintet.
Streichquintett G-dur op.77
(urspr. Op. 18)
String Quintet in G major, Op. 77(orig.Op.18)
1. Allegro con fuoco [9’09] 2. Intermezzo. Andante religioso. Molto Adagio [4’10] 3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio. L’istesso tempo, quasi Allegretto [8’51]
Joseph Silverstein, 1. Violine – Max Hobart, 2. Violine
Burton Fine, Viola(alto) – Jules Eskin, Violincello
Henry Portnoi, Kontrabass (double bass, contrabass)