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Piano Quartet in A minor, Op 1
early 1890s; dedicated to Dvorák

'Suk: Piano Quintet & Piano Quartet' (CDH55416)
Suk: Piano Quintet & Piano Quartet
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Movement 1: Allegro appassionato
Movement 2: Adagio
Movement 3: Allegro con fuoco

Piano Quartet in A minor, Op 1
Suk’s three-movement Piano Quartet in A minor is his Op 1 and was dedicated, appropriately enough, to his teacher Dvorák. Composed in the early 1890s, it is no surprise that it was taken up by the Prague publisher Urbánek, since it is brimming with character and confidence. The very opening idea of the first movement, which looks forward to that of the Piano Quintet, is both striking and original. Equally effective is the writing for the instruments, particularly in the lead-up to the movement’s secondary material. A wide-ranging and challenging development shows the young Suk to be completely in command of his ideas. Inevitably there are hints of his teacher’s style, but there is much that is entirely characteristic of Suk, including a tendency toward introspection, even in the outwardly confident opening Allegro appassionato. The slow movement, led off by the cello and piano, has a nocturne-like quality; an expressive central section, marked to be played a little quicker, has something of the ardent, fairy-tale atmosphere Suk later brought to his music for the play Radúz and Mahulena. The last movement combines the characteristics of scherzo and finale. A bold, march-like opening idea introduces a number of episodes, some gently yearning in manner, before an ebullient close.

from notes by Jan Smaczny © 2004

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Details for CDH55416 track 1
Allegro appassionato
Recording date
2 December 2003
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Suk: Piano Quintet & Piano Quartet (CDA67448)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 2004
    Deletion date: January 2010
    Superseded by CDH55416
  2. Suk: Piano Quintet & Piano Quartet (CDH55416)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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