Eloquences exhumes a rare – and the only recording – by the Boskovsky Quartet, that of Dvorák’s String Quartet, Op. 51. Both performances on this disc are led by the Vienna Philharmonic concertmaster Willi Boskovsky. The Op. 51 is one of Dvorak’s most masterly essays in the quartet genre while the Op. 81 Quintet (in a classic recording with pianist Sir Clifford Curzon)brims over with melodic inspiration. This is the first release on CD of the Op. 51 Quartet. The extensive documentation by Tully Potter outlines not only the history of the music but also the evolution of the Boskovksy and Vienna Philharmonic Quartets.
“Boskovsky's rather saccharine Viennese style tends to smooth over Dvorak's deliberate rough edges; but Clifford Curzon gives considerable pleasure in the Piano Quintet.” BBC Music Magazine