The CD showcases two compositions by Antonín Dvorþák, a major nineteenth-century Czech composer best known for both his large-scale symphonic works and his intimate chamber music, especially his contributions to the repertoire for string quartet. The Opus 34 quartet was written as a tribute to the principal agent of his success, Johannes Brahms. Dvorþák wrote the Opus 51 in response to a commission for a string quartet of pronounced Slavic character, and it reflects the expectations of the larger audience he sought to accommodate. The music is performed by the Pro Arte String Quartet.
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The Pro Arte Quartet was founded in Brussels in 1912 by violinist Alphonse Onnou and violist Germain Prévost and has had a long career as one of the most enduring string quartets in existence. In 1940, due to Nazi invasion of Belgium, the quartet was invited to a permanent residency at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the first such artist residency granted by a major American university. This recording of Opus 34 and Opus 51 is the debut release of the current Pro Arte Quartet, together since 1995.
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