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Antonín Dvorák

Biography

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
Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Etc / Queyras, Belohlávek, Et Al
Release Date: 11/08/2005   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901867   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphony No 9, Symphonic Variations / Alsop, Baltimore SO
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570714   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: String Quartet Op 34, Terzetto / Vlach Quartet
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553373   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphonies 3 And 6 / Gunzenhauser, Slovak Po
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550268   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphony No 1, Legends / Stephen Gunzenhauser
Release Date: 01/28/1993   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550266   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Songs My Mother Taught Me (Als die alte Mutter)

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Hommage A Kreisler / Daniel Gaede, Phillip Moll
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 10/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Fritz Kreisler,  Manuel de Falla,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Gaede,  Phillip Moll
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  • 78.
    Mathé Plays Kreisler / Ulrike-anima Mathé, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90231 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Scott,  Antonín Dvorák,  Frédéric Chopin,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Ulrike-Anima Mathé
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  • 79.
    Dvorak - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 69248 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi,  Frederica Von Stade,  Rudolf Firkusny,  Milan Turkovic  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Richard Hickox,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Favourite Violin Encores / Arthur Grumiaux, István Hajdu
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446560 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Zoltán Kodály,  Joseph-Hector Fiocco,  Antonín Dvorák,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    The Art Of Virgil Fox
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65426 Release Date: 11/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Luther,  Edvard Grieg,  Arthur Sullivan,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Virgil Fox
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  • 85.
    Kirsten Flagstad - Songs By Grieg, Beethoven, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9092 Release Date: 05/31/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ronald, Landon, Sir,  Antonín Dvorák,  Alf Hurum,  Agathe Backer Grondahl  ... 
    Performer:  Kirsten Flagstad,  Edwin MacArthur
    Conductor:  Warwick Braithwaite
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    Romantic Violin Favourites / Takako Nishizaki, Wolf Harden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550125 Release Date: 06/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Georges Bizet,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden
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  • 89.
    The World's Most Beautiful Melodies / Phillip Mccann
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4501 Release Date: 07/29/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Iain Robertson,  Phillip McCann
    Conductor:  Major Peter Parkes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Black Dyke Mills Band
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  • 90.
    Kreisler, Paganini / Yo-yo Ma, Patricia Zander
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 37280 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Niccolň Paganini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Cécile Louise Chaminade
    Performer:  Patricia Zander,  Yo-Yo Ma
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  • 91.
    My Favorite Kreisler / Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47467 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eduard Gaertner,  Antonín Dvorák,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 92.
    Portrait Of Yo-yo Ma
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44796 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Niccolň Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Patricia Zander,  Emanuel Ax,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  José L. Garcia,  Michio Mamiya
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Pro Musica Nipponia
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  • 93.
    The Romantic Violin Vol 2 / Arthur Grumiaux, István Hajdu
    Label: Philips Touch Of Classics   Catalog: 422283 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Niccolň Paganini,  Alessandro Parisotti,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux
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