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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: 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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  • 76.
    Famous Overtures / Antonio De Almeida, Moscow So
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7136 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Giacomo Puccini,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Dvorák: Symphony No 9, Slavonic Dances, Etc / Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469133 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Bernard Greenhouse,  Menahem Pressler,  Isidore Cohen
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 78.
    Dvorak: The 9 Symphonies, Etc / Kubelik, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463158 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1832 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
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  • 80.
    Czech Music Bestsellers
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3392 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig Böhner,  Zdenék Fibich,  Leos Janácek,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Miroslav Kejmar,  Zdenek Sedivy,  Josef Hora
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Frantisek Jilek,  Libor Pesek,  Jiri Belohlávek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 81.
    Bernstein Century - Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60563 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 82.
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Etc;  Dvorák / Ashkenazy, Cleveland
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433548 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Heritage Dvorák: Symphonies No 7-9, Carnival Overture / Szell, Cleveland
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 63151 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Dvorak: Symphony No 5, Carnival Overture, Etc / Mehta, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 60297 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Joseph Evans,  Barry McDaniel
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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  • 85.
    Dvorak: 9 Symphonien / Kubelik, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423120 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Dvorak: New World Symphony And Other Masterworks / Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 62587 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jaromir Weinberger,  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Dvorák: Carnival;  Brahms: Symphony No. 1
    Label: Curb Records   Catalog: 78008 Release Date: 01/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Günther Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    Best Of Dvorak
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556661 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Balázs Szokolay
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Zdenek Kosler,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moyzes String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 91.
    Dvorak: Overtures
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550600 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    The Best Of Dvorák
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551111 Release Date: 02/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Zdenek Kosler,  Michael Halász,  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    Dvorák: Overtures / Vernon Handley, Ulster Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8453 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Dvorák: Symphony No 3, Etc / Järvi, Scottish No
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8575 Release Date: 04/15/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Dvorák: The Symphonies / Kertész, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430046 Release Date: 02/11/1992   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance / Midori, Mehta
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44923 Release Date: 08/07/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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