Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op. 81

I listened to a DVD yesterday, and I was able to ‘overdose’ on wonderful music. The recording was the 20th anniversary celebration of the Verdier Festival. A huge number of musicians participated, including 91 year old pianist Menachem Pressler.

Retired pianist Alfred Brendel was seen as a page turner for the performance of the Schumann Piano Quintet!


For me the highlight of this recording was a performance of the Quintet for piano and strings Op. 81 by Antonin Dvorak. While the DVD Contains only the slow movement, it was totally rich in an unforgettable performance by 5 extraordinary musicians. The music was played by Menachem Pressler with the Ebene Quartet.

I was unable to locate a video of the astounding slow movement, but here is another section of this work, as played by the Ebene Quatuor, with pianist Memachem Pressler:

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