ISOBEL LAMOND (Soprano)
THE ENTENTE STRING QUARTET:
CECIL BONVALOT (Violin), HORACE AYKBOURNE (Viola), DOROTHY CHURTON (Violin),
EDITH CHURTON (Violoncello)
It is one piece of our musical history on which we may look back with some satisfaction, that this country was among the first, outside his native Bohemia, to recognize the genius of Dvorak. English amateurs especially were quick in seizing on his chamber music as it appeared, and making it warmly welcome as a-splendid addition to the world's fund of truly wholesome music-fresh, buoyant,simple, and with something of the intimate friendliness which long ago made Haydn's and Schubert's seem like a personal legacy to every group of devotees throughout the world. Dvorak, a violinist himself, wrote thirteen string quartets among much other chamber music, and each in its own way reveals part of the man himself, his joys and sorrowings, his delight in Nature, his devotion to his home-
I land on every page, in every bar almost, it is plain to the most heedless listener as it is to the enthralled player, that Dvorak was speaking straight from his simple, kindly heart, of the things he felt most deeply. Great as are many of his works in which music and words are wedded, there is not much doubt that he was happiest in such pure music as this String Quartet, where no bonds were set to his rich imagination, except the logic of the form in which he chose to express his fragrant thoughts.
Opus 80 was composed in 187G, his thirty-sixth year, before his fame had spread very far beyond Bohemia's froptiers, eight years before he paid his first visit to England.
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