Fibich: Piano quartet in E minor, Op. 11; Quintet in D, Op. 42 for violin, Clarinet, Horn, Cello and piano

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COMPOSERS: Fibich
LABELS: Dabringhaus und Grimm Archive
WORKS: Piano quartet in E minor, Op. 11; Quintet in D, Op. 42 for violin, Clarinet, Horn, Cello and piano
PERFORMER: Ensemble Villa Musica
CATALOGUE NO: MDG 304 0775-2
Like Smetana’s two quartets and his Piano Trio, strongly programmatic elements underpin both these chamber works, though Fibich cuts a far less original musical mind. Still, the Quintet, which matches piano, wind and strings in a beautifully transparent texture, is blessed with a lyrical melodious opening movement and a charming Scherzo. It receives a sympathetic performance from this excellent ensemble. Erik Levi

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