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: Concertos / Hayroudinoff, Ehnes, Et Al
Release Date: 06/21/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10309   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Requiem;  Brahms / Mertens, Hagel, Et Al
Release Date: 10/31/2006   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 6050   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorák: Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet / Pressler, Emerson Qt
Release Date: 05/10/1994   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 439868   Number of Discs: 1
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Eterna - Dvorák: Rusalka Highlights / Apelt, Adam
Release Date: 01/04/1994   Label: Berlin Classics  
Catalog: 2033   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphony No 4, Etc / Järvi, Cook, Scottish No
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8608   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 no 7

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Richard Tauber Vol 2 - I'm In Love With Vienna
    Label: Naxos Nostalgia   Catalog: 8120555 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin,  George H. Clutsam  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber
    Conductor:  Henry Ernest Geehl,  Frieder Weissmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Vengerov & Virtuosi
    Label: Emi 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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    Clarinet Evergreens / Budapest Clarinet Quintet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 553427 Release Date: 10/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Isaac Albeniz,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Béla Kovács Jr.,  László Kraszna,  Akos Acs,  Pál Sólyomi  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Kovács
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Clarinet Quintet
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  • 83.
    Souvenirs - A Collection Of Favorite Violin Pieces / Chung
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56827 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Karol Szymanowski,  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Itamar Golan,  Kyung-Wha Chung
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1832 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
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  • 86.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3392 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Jan Vaclav Vorisek,  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Zdenek Sedivy,  Josef Hora,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Peter Skvor
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Václáv Smetácek,  Jiri Belohlávek,  Václav Neumann  ... 
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  • 87.
    Concert A La Carte / Vienna Wind Quintet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42175 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Schubert,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Leister,  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Wolfgang Schulz,  Günter Högner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin
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  • 88.
    The Last Dance - Music for a Vanishing Era / I Salonisti
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77377 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Enrico Toselli,  Benjamin Godard,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 89.
    And The Band Played On - Music On The Titanic / I Salonisti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458382 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Giger,  Thomas Füri,  Béla Szedlák,  Ferenc Szedlák  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    Salut D'amour / Andrzej Kowalski, Rudolf Lutz
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7125 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Adam Andrzejowski,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Lutz,  Andrzej Kowalski
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  • 92.
    Romantic Piano - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62366 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Michie Koyama,  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
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  • 93.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Isaac Stern Presents Encores
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64537 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Stephen Foster,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Isaac Stern - A Life in Music - Trio Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67195 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Isaac Stern,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Salon Classics / The Rembrandt Trio
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90222 Release Date: 11/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Benjamin Godard,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Coenraad Bloemendal,  Gerard Kantarjian,  Valerie Tryon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rembrandt Trio
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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    Piano Favorites / Moura Lympany
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69028 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Moura Lympany
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  • 99.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 101429 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Bohuslav Foerster,  Oskar Nedbal  ... 
    Conductor:  Václáv Smetácek
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  • 100.
    The Maiden's Prayer - Leaves From Grandmother's Piano Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550646 Release Date: 12/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich,  Christian Sinding,  Leon Jessel,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Ilona Prunyi
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