Radoslav Kvapil

Dvorák: Complete Piano Works

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Dedicated Dvorák fans will want this four-disc set of the composer's complete piano works played by Radoslav Kvapil. Dating from the late '60s, the performances are subtle, sensitive, and played as well as one could hope. Kvapil seems to not only know the pieces, he appears to like them, and he gives each one his undivided attention and complete commitment. Dvorák was not at his best writing for the piano, and most of the music here could be best described as salon music: poetic, evocative, tender, and very small scale. Imagine Grieg's Lyric Pieces but with a bit less charm and a lot less character and you'll have some idea of what to expect. The best pieces are the later ones -- the Suite in A, Op. 98; the Humoresques, Op. 101; and the Poetic Moods, Op. 85 -- and as he does with everything here, Kvapil neither over- nor under-interprets them, but lets them speak for themselves. Whether this approach succeeds in making this music more than entertaining is up to the individual listener. Supraphon's stereo sound is perhaps too distant and possibly too boxy, but still serviceable.

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Humoresques, Op. 101, B. 187
1 2:26
2 2:19
3 4:02
4 2:36
5 2:40
6 3:20
7 2:27
8 2:52
Poetic Moods, Op. 85, B. 161
9 5:09
10 4:25
11 4:18
12 4:06
13 3:40
14 4:04
15 2:49
16 3:11
17 4:31
18 4:28
19 3:58
20 5:28
21 2:58
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