Suite A major Op. 98 B 184

Andante


  • Recorded: May 2021
  • Record Place: Martinů Hall, Academy of Performing Arts
  • First Release: 2021
  • (P) 2021 SUPRAPHON a.s.
  • Genre: Chamber Music

Artists

  • music by: Antonín Dvořák
  • piano: Ivo Kahánek

Album

Ivo Kahánek

Dvořák: The Complete Piano Works

Catalogue Number: SU 4299-2
Published: 24th September 2021
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 4 CD
This album has received following awards:
  • Album of the Week, MDR Kultur (2021)
  • The Best Classical Albums, Qobuz (2021)
Ivo Kahánek - piano

Antonín Dvořák needs no introduction - neither in his homeland nor anywhere else in the world. But how widely known are his piano works? The Piano Concerto in G minor has recently enjoyed a degree of revived interest, yet Dvořák's pieces for solo piano are in the main an unexplored landscape even for many pianists and musicologists. More's the pity! They do not possess Chopin's sway and finely nuanced emotionality, or Liszt's ostentatious virtuosity. Just as he did in his entire oeuvre, in his piano works Dvořák eschewed flashiness, focusing instead on tender intimate lyricism, teeming with ideas, and shaping even his miniatures with the sensibility of a genius. Such music is certainly worthy of a new complete recording. The challenge was undertaken by Ivo Kahánek, an artist whose recording of Dvořák's difficult Piano Concerto made with the Bamberger Symphoniker conducted by Jakub Hrůša has deservedly gained critical acclaim and even won the coveted BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award. The present 4-CD set encompasses cycles (Silhouettes, Poetic Moods and the Suite in A major, composed in the US, which Dvořák himself valued greatly), occasional pieces, as well as several little-known works, recorded for the very first time. One such is the polka Forget-me-not, Dvořák's first surviving miniature, written when he was 14 years of age. The recording of piano works provides yet another precious insight into the abundant world of the composer's soul.

Dvořák's rich inner world expressed through the piano

Reviews

“Kahánek plays each piece as if it means the world to him, and the highest compliment I can pay him is to claim that he is the first pianist in my experience who makes Dvořák’s solo piano music sound virtually the equal of Smetana’s. It’s a great set that all lovers of quality Romantic piano music should investigate without delay.”
Gramophone, December 2021

“Admirable pianiste, il dame aisément le pion à l’intégrale rustique de Radoslav Kvapil, il est autrement poète dans toutes les danses, et sait se montrer virtuose pour les deux Furiants, coloristes dans le sublime cahier des Mazurkas, et variant les styles dans des Valses souvent nostalgiques… Indispensable à toute discothèque Dvořák.”
Artalinna, November 2021

“Si l’on voulait départager la version de Radoslav Kvapil, qui s’imposait jusqu’à présent, de celle de Ivo Kahánek, la tâche s’avérerait bien difficile. Avec des tempi globalement proches, tous deux chantent dans leur arbre généalogique et ont le sens et l’esprit de la poésie quand elle se manifeste… A ce titre, nous pensons que ces deux intégrales peuvent cohabiter en tête de la discographie, avec un léger avantage de confort sonore pour la nouvelle parution. A cinquante ans de distance, les deux pianistes tchèques servent Antonín Dvořák comme il le mérite: avec fraîcheur et avec ferveur.”
Crescendo, November 2021

“Avec une distinction qui n'a d'égale qu'une apparente spontanéité, le nouveau venu met beaucoup d'âme, de sensibilité, de caractère, de tact et d'imagination dans chaque vignette. S'il laisse passer la lumière à travers des textures aérées et des ambiances vaporeuses, il sait parfaitement colorier les traits virtuoses des danses les plus musclées. Vigueur et sensibilité (Silhouettes op. 8), délicatesse (Dumka op. 12, Mazurkas op. 56), sourire mélancolique (Valses op. 54), la poésie affleure partout – écoutez l'ambiance fantastique d'Au vieux château op. 85 n° 3. Et la brise qui rafraîchit ces cinq heures de musique de charrier le plus subtil parfum slave.”
Diapason, January 2022

CD 1

Antonín Dvořák
Silhouettes Op. 8 B 98
1. Allegro feroce 01:45
2. Andantino 01:15
3. Allegretto 01:43
4. Vivace 01:15
5. Presto 01:04
6. Poco sostenuto 02:49
7. Allegro 00:51
8. Allegretto II 01:38
9. Allegro II 01:28
10. Allegretto grazioso 02:00
11. Allegretto moderato 01:59
12. Allegro feroce 01:34
Antonín Dvořák
Menuets Op. 28 B 58
13. Menuet No. 1 06:14
14. Menuet No. 2 04:40
Antonín Dvořák
15. Dumka Op. 35 B 64 07:55
Antonín Dvořák
16. Forget-me-not Polka Op. sine B 1 02:41
Antonín Dvořák
17. Polka Per pedes Op. sine 03:13
Antonín Dvořák
18. Polka E Op. sine B 3 01:54
Antonín Dvořák
19. Tema con variazioni Op. 36 B 65 16:46
Antonín Dvořák
20. Scottish Dances Op. 41 B 74 05:46
Antonín Dvořák
Furiants Op. 42 B 85
21. Furiant No. 1 05:09
22. Furiant No. 2 06:33

CD 2

Antonín Dvořák
Waltzes Op. 54 B 101
1. Moderato 03:44
2. Allegro con fuoco 03:11
3. Poco allegro 02:59
4. Allegro vivace 02:46
5. Allegro I 02:50
6. Allegro II 04:51
7. Allegro III 02:45
8. Allegro IV 02:47
Antonín Dvořák
Ecloques Op. 56 B 103
9. Allegro non tanto. Quasi polka 03:21
10. Quasi Allegretto 05:01
11. Moderato 03:22
12. Allegretto 05:42
Antonín Dvořák
13. Moderato A major Op. sine B 116 02:58
Antonín Dvořák
Album Leaves
14. - 01:34
15. Allegretto con moto e poco agitato 01:16
16. Allegro molto 03:08
17. Allegretto 01:55
Antonín Dvořák
Piano Pieces Op. 52 B 110
18. Impromptu. Presto 03:35
19. Intermezzo. Larghetto 03:20
20. Gigue 02:37
21. Eclogue. Poco allegro 05:33
22. Allegro molto 02:35
23. Tempo di marcia 02:59

CD 3

Antonín Dvořák
Mazurkas Op. 56 B 111
1. Allegro moderato 03:14
2. Vivo e risoluto 02:59
3. Allegro 02:09
4. Lento, ma non troppo 04:30
5. Allegro non troppo 03:09
6. Allegro 03:38
Antonín Dvořák
7. Impromptu D minor Op. sine B 129 05:08
Antonín Dvořák
8. Dumka Op. 12/1 B 136 04:44
Antonín Dvořák
9. Furiant Op. 12/2 B 137 04:36
Antonín Dvořák
10. Humoresque F Sharp major B 138 02:56
Antonín Dvořák
Two Piano Pieces Op. posth. B 188
11. Berceuse. Lullaby 02:51
12. Capriccio. Allegretto scherzando 02:40
Antonín Dvořák
13. Question Op. sine B 128bis 00:22
Antonín Dvořák
14. Album Leaf Op. sine B 158 00:51
Antonín Dvořák
Two Little Pearls Op. sine B 156
15. In a Ring 01:22
16. Grandpa Dances with Grandma 02:34
Antonín Dvořák
Suite A major Op. 98 B 184
17. Moderato 03:59
18. Molto vivace 03:41
19. Allegretto 04:39
20. Andante 03:39
21. Allegro 02:38

CD 4

Antonín Dvořák
Humoresques Op. 101 B 187
1. Vivace 02:39
2. Poco andante 02:33
3. Poco andante e molto cantabile 03:37
4. Poco andante II 02:15
5. Vivace 03:21
6. Poco allegretto 02:57
7. Poco lento e grazioso 02:58
8. Poco andante 03:18
Antonín Dvořák
Poetic Tone Pictures Op. 85 B 161
9. Night Journey. Allegro moderato 05:03
10. Joking. Allegretto leggiero 05:01
11. At the Old Castle. Lento 04:40
12. Spring Song. Poco allegro 03:56
13. Peasant Ballad. Allero giusto 03:47
14. Reminiscence. Andante 03:58
15. Furiant. Allegro feroce 02:59
16. Goblin's Dance. Allegretto 03:21
17. Serenade. Moderato e molto cantabile 04:20
18. Bacchanalia. Vivacissimo 05:02
19. Tittle-Tattle. Andante con moto 03:50
20. At the Tumulus. Grave. Tempo di marcia 06:43
21. At Svatá hora. Poco lento 02:51

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