String Quartets of Schubert, Dvorak (2017)

Schubert, Dvorak

Dragon Quartet

Dvorák wrote his String Quartet opus 96 in just three days while on holiday in Spillville, a little colony of Bohemian emigrants in Iowa. He stayed there in the pleasant company of farmers, friendly priests and hearty housewives, among whom he could speak his native language. It has been suggested that this may explain the relative simplicity of the work. About his stay in Spillville Dvorák wrote: ‘As far as my new Symphony, the F-major String Quartet and the Piano Quintet (written here in Spillville) are concerned – I would never have written them in this way if I had not seen America’.
The themes of the four movements seem to originate from Bohemian or American folk tunes, in view of the fact that they are based on the pentatonic scale F-G-A-C-D. The second movement suggests a melancholic negro spiritual, as if the Bohemian Dvorák is writing to get his own homesickness out of his mind. The sparkling third movement (Scherzo) imitates the rhapsodic warbling of an American bird, the Scarlet Tanager. The quartet closes with a rondo in which echoes are heard of the church music of ‘Bohemian’ Spillville, which Dvorák and his wife regularly took part in. And do we also hear a steam train speeding along in the distance?

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Dragon Quartet

The Dragon String Quartet, formed in 2012, is an ensemble of four celebrated,
young Chinese musicians: first violinist Ning Feng, second violinist Wang
Xiaomao, violist Zheng Wenxiao and cellist Qin Liwei.
Ning Feng and Qin Liwei, both internationally established Chinese soloists,
came up with the idea of forming a string quartet after a series of concerts that
brought them together. Wang Xiaomao is concertmaster of China National Ballet
Orchestra, Zheng Wenxiao is Principal Viola of Bavarian Radio Symphony
Orchestra (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks).
The Dragon String Quartet performs around the world regularly, introducing
the masterworks of string quartet to the audiences, rediscovering rarely
performed but outstanding pieces, and promoting contemporary works,
especially the great pieces created by Chinese composers.
• Ning Feng plays a 1721 Stradivari violin, known as the ‘MacMillan’,
on private loan, kindly arranged by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong,
and plays on strings by Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.
• Li-Wei plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by
Dr and Mrs Wilson Goh

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String Quartets of Schubert, Dvorak (2017)

Schubert, Dvorak

Dragon Quartet

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Quartet in D minor - Allegro
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Quartet in D minor - Andante con moto
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Quartet in D minor - Scherzo
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Quartet in D minor - Presto
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Quartet no. 12 in F Major - Allegro ma non troppo
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Quartet no. 12 in F Major - Lento
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Quartet no. 12 in F Major - Molto vivace
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Quartet no. 12 in F Major - Finale
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