Extraordinary compositions: Watch “Dvorak – String Quintet No 3 In E flat Major, Opus 97, B 180 “American”” on YouTube

Dvorak – String Quintet No 3 In E flat Major, Opus 97, B 180 “American”

Vlach Quartet – Ladislav Kyselak, viola

  1. Allegro non tanto
  2. Allegro vivo 9:38
  3. Larghetto 15:56
    4. Finale: Allegro giusto 26:48

Background:

String Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 97, “American”

The String Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 97, B. 180, was composed by Antonín Dvořák during the summer he spent in Spillville, Iowa in 1893.
It is a “Viola Quintet” in that it is scored for string quartet with an extra viola.
It was completed in just over a month, immediately after he wrote his American String Quartet.
Like the Quartet, the Quintet finely captures the inflection of Dvořák’s Bohemian idiom with American inspirations.
The Quintet was premiered by the Kneisel Quartet in New York 13 January 1894 along with the second performance of the Quartet and very favorably reviewed, as comparable to Mozart.

The String Quintet consists of four movements:

1. Allegro non tanto

2. Allegro vivo

3. Larghetto, in double variation form.

4. Finale. Allegro giusto

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