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: String Quartets No 8 & 11 / Vlach Quartet Prague
Release Date: 06/18/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553372   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Serenade For Winds;  Janacek, Enescu / Oslo Soloists
Release Date: 04/11/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554173   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphonies Nos 7 & 8 / Chung, Gothenburg So
Release Date: 09/26/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 452   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphonies No 4 And 8 / Gunzenhauser, Slovak Po
Release Date: 12/11/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550269   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Slavonic Dances Opp 46 & 72 / Kosler, Slovak Po
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550143   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 no 7

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  • 51.
    Railroad Rhythms - Classical Music About Trains / Starek
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93187 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Jirí Stárek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern
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  • 52.
    The Very Best Of Dvorák
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552139 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Qian Zhou,  Edmund Battersby,  Christian Kohn,  Silke-Thora Matthies  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Michael Halász,  Robert Shafer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joachim Trio,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vlach String Quartet Prague  ... 
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  • 53.
    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 210054 Release Date: 09/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Czech-inspired - Dvorák, Etc / Red Cedar Trio
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 57974 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Boland,  Jonathan Chenette,  Peter Hamlin,  Robert Lindsey Nassif  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Red Cedar Trio
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  • 55.
    Spring Moods
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98223 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Kokott,  Iona Brown,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus-Peter Hahn,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Duo,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Paganini: Violin Concerto No 1; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen / Voicu, Bongartz
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3240 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Niccolň Paganini,  Jenö Hubay,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Ion Voicu,  Egon Morbitzer
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Robert Hanell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Kreisler: Russian & Slavonic Miniatures / Koeckert, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557388 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Nicholas Koeckert,  Milana Chernyavska
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  • 58.
    Hommage A Kreisler (Hybr)
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 01/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Fritz Kreisler,  Manuel de Falla,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Gaede,  Phillip Moll
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  • 59.
    Yo-yo Ma - The Dvorak Album
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92858 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Itzhak Perlman,  Patricia Zander
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Greatest Hits / J.J. Sheridan
    Label: Trigon   Catalog: 5637343765 Release Date: 06/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Leander Fisher,  Arthur Colahan,  Ernest R. Ball  ... 
    Performer:  JJ Sheridan
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  • 61.
    Greatest Hits - Violin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000192002 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jerry Bock  ... 
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Henryk Szeryng  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lakatos Róbert,  Andrew Litton,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Roby Lakatos Ensemble,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 62.
    Violin Virtuoso Masterpieces / Mischa Elman, Joseph Seiger
    Label: Artemis Records   Catalog: 1199 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Kroll,  Arthur Benjamin,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Elman,  Joe Seiger
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  • 63.
    Geraldine Farrar - Berlin G&Ts 1904-1906, etc
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52040 Release Date: 11/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Franz,  Henry Trotčre,  James L. Molloy  ... 
    Performer:  Geraldine Farrar,  Claude Gonvierre,  Karl Jörn,  Wilhelm Grüning
    Conductor:  Walter Damrosch
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  • 64.
    Dreams Of Love - Chopin, Schubert, Et Al / Morton Estrin
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4238 Release Date: 08/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Heller,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Morton Estrin
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  • 65.
    Listen, Learn & Grow - Playtime - Arts & Crafts
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555813 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Jablokov
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Theodore Kuchar,  John Georgiadis,  Richard Hayman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  RTE Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 66.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3612 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk,  Vitezslav Novák,  Oskar Nedbal  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Panenka,  Petr Adamec,  Václav Hudecek,  Jaromír Klepác  ... 
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek,  Václáv Smetácek,  Oldrich Vlcek,  Karel Ancerl
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  • 67.
    Classic Perlman - Rhapsody
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89449 Release Date: 04/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Ernest Chausson,  Andrea Morricone,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Earl Carlyss,  Joel Krosnick,  Samuel Rhodes  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Etc / Richman, Suk, Mayorga, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1078 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Steven Richman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dvorak Festival Orchestra of New York
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  • 70.
    Favourite Encores / Järvi, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6648 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  John Philip Sousa,  George Gershwin,  Janis Medins  ... 
    Performer:  Emmanuelle Boisvert
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Vengerov & Virtuosi
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57164 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Vittorio Monti,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Iframov,  Rita Bobrovich,  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
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  • 72.
    Listen, Learn And Grow - Playtime
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8560050 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Bedrich Tylsar,  Zdenek Tylsar,  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Michael Halász,  Michael Dittrich,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Legendary Treasures - Jascha Heifetz Collection Vol 5
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7727 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Drdla,  Leopold Auer,  Fritz Kreisler,  Franz Schubert (Dresden)  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 74.
    Classical Piano Favourites / Eva Suková
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7023 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Suková
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    Isaac Stern - My First 79 Years
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89049 Release Date: 10/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax,  Jaime Laredo  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Daniel Barenboim,  Eugene Ormandy,  Milton Katims  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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