Antonín Dvorák


Born: 1841   Died: 1904   Country: Czechoslovakia   Period: Romantic
Widely regarded as the most distinguished of Czech composers, Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904) produced attractive and vigorous music possessed of clear formal outlines, melodies that are both memorable and spontaneous-sounding, and a colorful, effective instrumental sense. Dvorák is considered one of the major figures of nationalism, both proselytizing for and making actual use of folk influences, which he expertly combined with Classical forms in Read more works of all genres. His symphonies are among his most widely appreciated works; the Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World," 1893) takes a place among the finest and most popular examples of the symphonic literature. Similarly, his Cello Concerto (1894-1895) is one of the cornerstones of the repertory, providing the soloist an opportunity for virtuosic flair and soaring expressivity. Dvorák displayed special skill in writing for chamber ensembles, producing dozens of such works; among these, his 14 string quartets (1862-1895), the "American" Quintet (1893) and the "Dumky" Trio (1890-1891) are outstanding examples of their respective genres, overflowing with attractive folklike melodies set like jewels into the solid fixtures of Brahmsian absolute forms.
Dvorák's "American" and "New World" works arose during the composer's sojourn in the United States in the early 1890s; he was uneasy with American high society and retreated to a small, predominantly Czech town in Iowa for summer vacations during his stay. However, he did make the acquaintance of the pioneering African-American baritone H.T. Burleigh, who may have influenced the seemingly spiritual-like melodies in the "New World" symphony and other works; some claim that the similarity resulted instead from a natural affinity between African-American and Eastern European melodic structures.
By that time, Dvorák was among the most celebrated of European composers, seen by many as the heir to Brahms, who had championed Dvorák during the younger composer's long climb to the top. The son of a butcher and occasional zither player, Dvorák studied the organ in Prague as a young man and worked variously as a café violist and church organist during the 1860s and 1870s while creating a growing body of symphonies, chamber music, and Czech-language opera. For three years in the 1870s he won a government grant (the Viennese critic Hanslick was among the judges) designed to help the careers of struggling young creative artists. Brahms gained for Dvorák a contract with his own publisher, Simrock, in 1877; the association proved a profitable one despite an initial controversy that flared when Dvorák insisted on including Czech-language work titles on the printed covers, a novelty in those musically German-dominated times. In the 1880s and 1890s Dvorák's reputation became international in scope thanks to a series of major masterpieces that included the Seventh, Eighth, and "New World" symphonies. At the end of his life he turned to opera once again; Rusalka, from 1901, incorporates Wagnerian influences into the musical telling of its legend-based story, and remains the most frequently performed of the composer's vocal works. Dvorák, a professor at Prague University from 1891 on, exerted a deep influence on Czech music of the twentieth century; among his students was Josef Suk, who also became his son-in-law. Read less
Sir Charles Mackerras Conducts Delius, Dvorák, Etc
Release Date: 11/08/2005   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 4757061   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Songs My Mother Taught Me (Als die alte Mutter)

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  • 51.
    Joshua Bell - Romance Of The Violin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87894 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Robert Schumann,  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  John Constable,  Joshua Bell,  Stephen Orton  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 52.
    The Perlman Edition - The Kreisler Album / Perlman, Sanders
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 62601 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Robert Schumann,  Isaac Albeniz,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 53.
    Sherry Kloss Plays Forgotten Gems From The Heifetz Legacy
    Label: Protone Records   Catalog: 5637362872 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Victor Herbert,  Tor Aulin,  Albert Spalding  ... 
    Performer:  Ayke Agus,  Sherry Kloss
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  • 54.
    The Best Of Yoshikazu Mera
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5021 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jo Hisaishi  ... 
    Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera,  Kikuko Ogura,  Natsuko Uchiyama,  Crystal Garner  ... 
    Conductor:  Shigeo Genda,  Masaaki Suzuki
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  • 55.
    World Singers / Schwarzkopf, Sutherland, Ludwig, Gedda, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2241 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms,  Jean Sibelius,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Gerald Moore,  Kim Borg,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
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  • 56.
    On Wings Of Song - Victoria De Los Angeles
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69502 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruperto Chapi,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Pablo Luna y Carné  ... 
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia of London,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 57.
    Evening Adagios - Over 2 1/2 Hours Of Peaceful Evening Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470780 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kjell Lysell,  Bengt Forsberg,  Mats Lidström,  Ulf Forsberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  István Kertész,  Riccardo Chailly,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Haydn Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Florence Easton - Absolute Soprano
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52033 Release Date: 06/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Antonio Secchi  ... 
    Performer:  Lester Hodges,  Florence Easton,  Gerald Moore,  Mario Chamlee  ... 
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  • 59.
    Dvorák: Music For Violin And Piano Vol 2 / Zhou, Battersby
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554730 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Edmund Battersby,  Qian Zhou
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  • 60.
    Marian Anderson - Rarities - Broadcast Performances 1943-52
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1200 Release Date: 12/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank La Forge,  James Cook,  Traditional,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Night Music 8 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556608 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki,  Alexander Jablokov,  Quido Hölbling  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Barry Wordsworth,  István Bogár  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Vocalise / Joe Sakimoto, Haruki Mino
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 590 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Joe Sakimoto,  Haruki Mino
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  • 63.
    Violin Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467675 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Max Bruch,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Alan Loveday,  Maurice Hasson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 64.
    Romance / Yoshikazu Mera
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 949 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Traditional,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera,  Masayuki Kino,  Hitsako Matsui
    Conductor:  Shigeo Genda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Cello Song / Julian Lloyd Webber, John Lenehan
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434917 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Antonín Dvorák,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  John Lenehan,  Julian Lloyd Webber
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  • 66.
    My World / Angela Gheorghiu
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458360 Release Date: 04/07/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Xavier Montsalvatge,  Erik Satie,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Malcolm Martineau
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  • 67.
    Itzhak Perlman's Greatest Hits
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56602 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 68.
    Renée Fleming - The Beautiful Voice
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458858 Release Date: 02/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Antonín Dvorák,  José Maria Cano  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Clive Greensmith,  Paul Willey,  Osian Ellis  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
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  • 69.
    Prima Voce - Richard Crooks In Songs And Ballads
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7888 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Harold Vicars,  John Metcalf,  Antoni Perez Moya  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Crooks,  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Crooks
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  • 70.
    All Of The World's Most Beautiful Melodies! / Mccann, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4536 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Helen Guy  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip McCann,  Simon Lindley,  Roy Newsome,  Skaila Kanga  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome,  Major Peter Parkes,  Douglas Blackledge,  Gordon Langford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sellers Engineering Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society,  Leeds Parish Church Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 71.
    Favourite Violin Encores / Arthur Grumiaux, István Hajdu
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446560 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux
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  • 72.
    Prima Voce - Flagstad In Song
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7871 Release Date: 09/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Eyvind Alnaes,  Frank Bridge  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Edwin McArthur
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  • 73.
    The London Violin Sound
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Vittorio Monti,  George Gershwin,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra First Violins,  London Philharmonic First Violins,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra First Violins
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  • 74.
    Songs My Mother Taught Me / Delmoni, Vas
    Label: John Marks Records   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Johannes Brahms,  Charles Robert Valdez,  Maria Theresia Paradis  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Delmoni,  Meg Bachman Vas
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  • 75.
    Dvorak In Prague - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46687 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Itzhak Perlman,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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