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Antonín Dvorák 
– Quartet for Strings No.1 in A major Op.2 B.8
– Andante appasionato for String Quartet in A minor
Bretislav Novotny (violin), Karel Pribyl (violin), Lubomir Maly (viola), Jan Sirc (cello) – Prager Streichquartett (Prague String Quartet) (Deutsche Grammophon)


I found Volume One (of three) with three CDs in a thrift shop for $2 last weekend.

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Now playing, Vol.4, CD 5:
Hector Berlioz – Roméo et Juliette Op.17: Excerpt(s) — Carlo Maria Giulini
Tadeusz Baird – Variations without a Theme — Hans Vonk
Witold Lutoslawski – Paroles tissées — Peter Pears (tenor) – Witold Lutoslawski 
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO Live)


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Now playing:, CD 30:
John Williams (guitar, transcriptions) – Echoes of Spain — Albéniz (CBS Masterworks / Sony Classical)


Isaac Albéniz 
– Suite española Op.47/1 Granada (Serenade)
– Cantos de España Op.232/1 Preludio [Asturias Op.47/5 (Leyenda)]
– Suite española Op.47/3 Sevilla (Sevillanas) [Serenata española Op.181]
– Barcarola for Piano Op.202 "Mallorca"
– Cantos de España Op.232/4 Córdoba
– 12 Piezas características Op.92/12 Torre bermeja
– Suite española Op.47/4 Cádiz (Canción)
– 12 Piezas características Op.92/7 Zambra granadina
– Hojas de album (6) Op.165 "España": No.2 Tango


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Now playing, CD 40:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
– Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major K 365 (316a)
– Concerto for 3 Pianos in F major K 242 "Lodron" (arr. for 2 pianos by W.A.Mozart)
– Fantasia for Mechanical Organ in F minor K 608 "Organ Piece for a Clock" (arr. for 2 pianos by Feruccio Busoni / Perahia / Lupu)
– Andante and Five Variations for Piano 4 hands in G major K 501
— Murray Perahia (piano), Radu Lupu (piano) – English Chamber Orchestra – Murray Perahia (Sony Classical / Sony Classics)

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A hard composer for me to get a grip on, nor can I quite get a grip on why he's a hard composer for me to get a grip on. In this work, in particular, there's an insistent, even hectoring quality in his taste for fierce, urgent massed brass and percussion that isn't that often (for me) backed up by a sense that fierce urgent things are being said. OTOH, his penchant for what he calls "metamorphic" structuring calls for a certain sort or level of close listening, typically amid much busyness, that often repays the effort, though finally one can wonder where all these steely shifting strands/all this "journeying" finally take you. By contrast, I have no such doubts about the music of Holmboe's less known fellow Dane, a contemporary and colleague, Herman Koppel, whose works I've recently discovered.

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