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: 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: 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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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: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163

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    Wiener Philharmoniker: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797090 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Emmanuel Chabrier  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Irmgard Seefried,  Rosette Anday,  Paul Schöffler  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Rafael Kubelik,  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  James Levine  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 / Santander Orchestra
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1356 Release Date: 02/17/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Krzysztof Ksiazek
    Conductor:  Jose Maria Florencio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santander Orchestra
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    Strauss: Don Quixote - Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 / Yo-Yo Ma, Jansons
    Label: Belvedere (Dvd)   Catalog: 8023 Release Date: 02/17/2017  
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Strauss: Don Quixote - Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 / Yo-Yo Ma, Jansons [Blu-ray]
    Label: Belvedere   Catalog: 8024 Release Date: 02/17/2017  
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies, Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem / Kertesz, London Symphony
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002586402 Release Date: 12/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Erzsébet Komlossy,  Pilar Lorengar,  Robert Ilosfalvy,  Tom Krause
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
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    Charles Munch: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 516979 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Vincent D'Indy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Artur Rubinstein,  Margaret Roggero,  Leslie Chabey  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Harvard Glee Club  ... 
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    Dvorak: Symphonies Nos 1-9; Orchestral Works / Pesek
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556701 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350134 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Frantisek Stupka
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    Symphonies & Symphonic Poems / Mehta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002488802 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Hector Berlioz,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Sidney Harth,  Maureen Forrester,  Daniel Benyamini,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 - Suk: Serenade / Jansons, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900145 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    The Originals: 8 Legendary Albums
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002469802 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Claudio Abbado,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorak: The Symphonies / Belohlavek, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 27282 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 / Orozco-Estrada, Houston Symphony
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186578 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies; Slavic Dances; Overtures; Symphonic Poems
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95297 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  John Farrer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Symphony No. 41; Dvorak: Symphony No. 8; Schubert: Symphony No. 9; Schumann: Symphony No. 4
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6705 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
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    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies; Legends; Slavonic Dances / Serebrier
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 550580 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Dvorak Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95100 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Zara Nelsova,  Marián Lapsansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  Walter Susskind,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mariko Kobayashi,  Everett Firth,  Hiroshi Arimori,  Sawako Yasue  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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  • 21.
    Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 8
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91412 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Marcus Bosch
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  • 22.
    Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 & 9
    Label: Lodia Music   Catalog: 789 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Carlos Paďta
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  • 23.
    Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002127102 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 8; Legends / Serebrier, Bournemouth Symphony
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 628787 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Claudio Abbado: The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 304505 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Abbado,  Murray Perahia,  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Midori  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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