Tamara Mily Balakirev
Two piano quintets written in the same key but years apart make for interesting listening
Repertoire: Piano Quintets Opp.5 & 81
Artists: Vlach Quartet Prague with Ivan Klansky (piano)
Label: Naxos 8.555377
Try not to compare the two works too much – instead, revel in their very different styles. Rich in rhythm and texture, movements such as the melodic dumka from the Op.81 capture Dvorák’s enduring ability to weave the influential tunes of his home into complex quintets. Unashamedly romantic yet sensitive playing.