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: Rusalka / Mackerras, Fleming, Heppner, Et Al
Release Date: 10/20/1998   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 460568   Number of Discs: 3
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Dvorák Cycle Vol 6 - Requiem / Popp, Randová, Protschka, Mikulas, Altricher
Release Date: 11/18/2008   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102145   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Rusalka / Neumann, Dvorsky, Randova, Et Al
Release Date: 07/27/2004   Label: Orfeo D'or  
Catalog: 638042   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorák: Serenade; Beethoven: Octet / Members Of The Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 100725   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Rusalka (In German) / Keilberth, Trötschel, Et Al
Release Date: 06/20/2006   Label: Profil  
Catalog: 6031   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Carnival Overture, Op. 92

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  • 51.
    Gemini - Dvorak: Symphony No 7-9 / Giulini, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 50859 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Great Musicians In Copenhagen
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 02/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Wanda Landowska,  Rudolf Serkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch,  Nicolai Malko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    A Concert Tour / Alexander Gibson
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 62 Release Date: 11/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Orchestral Hors D'ouvres On The Longwood Garden Organ
    Label: Dtr/Direct-to-tape   Catalog: 9303 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Arthur Sullivan,  Claude Debussy,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Richard Conte
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  • 55.
    Offenbach, Strauss / Paul Strauss, Berlin Radio So
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 000403502 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Roger Desormičre,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Strauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Dvorák: Symphonic Poems, Overtures / Kuchar
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92297 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Dvorak: New World Symphony; Smetana / Reiner, Cso
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 66376 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Jaromir Weinberger,  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    The Hollywood Bowl Concert 1928 / Goossens
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1147 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Manuel de Falla,  Hector Berlioz,  Mily Balakirev  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Dvorák: Symphony No 7, Romance, Etc / Zehetmair, Inbal
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4614272 Release Date: 08/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  James Conlon,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Expanded Edition - Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 92729 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 61.
    Dvorak 100th Anniversary Edition - The Great Symphonies, Overtures, Symphonic Poems
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564615302 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  David Zinman,  Kurt Masur,  Armin Jordan
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  • 62.
    Dvorak - Greatest Hits
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000233902 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Malcolm Martineau,  Angela Gheorghiu
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Romantic Favourites / Vernon Handley, Ulster Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6680 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3679 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 65.
    Dvorak: Te Deum, Psalm 149, Etc /Macal, New Jersey So, Et Al
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3314 Release Date: 07/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Janice Chandler,  Richard Zeller
    Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Westminster Symphonic Choir
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  • 66.
    Erich Kleiber At NBC - Four Complete Concerts From 1947-48
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1112 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto, The Water Goblin, Etc / Bakels
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1276 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Torleif Thedéen
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Classics - Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Etc / Previn, Los Angeles
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80238 Release Date: 07/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Overtures / Ashkenazy, Czech Po
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 962 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3639 Release Date: 06/18/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
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  • 71.
    Trio - Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Etc / Kubelik, Bavarian Rso
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469366 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Westminster - Dvorak: Piano Concerto, Etc / Firkusny, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471266 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Laszlo Somogyi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Erich Kleiber
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75115 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Antonín Dvorák,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Lifestyles For Baby - Unforgettable Moments
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315011 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Dvorak: Symphony 1 / Kubelik, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469550 Release Date: 11/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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