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

Work: Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191

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  • 101.
    Dvorak: New World Symphony, Serenade For Strings, Etc
    Label: Spj Music   Catalog: 90103 Release Date: 10/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Zara Nelsova
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  • 102.
    Dvorák, Bartók, Elgar: Cello Concertos / Saraste, Et Al
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 740600 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Béla Bartók,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Arto Noras
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Dvorák: Cello Concerto,
    Label: Philips Solo   Catalog: 442401 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Heinrich Schiff
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Music For You - Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Dumky Trio / Ma, Etc
    Label: Legacy Recordings   Catalog: 89860 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Kim Young Uck,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Emanuel Ax
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Rostropovich - Mastercellist - Legendary Recordings 1956-78
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471620 Release Date: 04/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Dvorak, Herbert: Cello Concertos / Kreger, Yu, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7235 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Herbert,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  James Kreger
    Conductor:  Djong Victorin Yu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Dvorák, Saint-saëns: Cello Concertos / Rostropovich, Giulini
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 67594 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Milestones - 6 Cello Concertos / Peter Wispelwey, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 14982 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Karl Davidoff  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Jac Van Steen,  Lawrence Renes,  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 109.
    Sergiu Celibidache-from The Collection Of Berlin Po Concerts
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1079 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Reinhold Gliere  ... 
    Performer:  Erna Berger,  Tibor de Machula
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 110.
    The Classics - Dvorák: Cello Concerto;  Tchaikovsky / Mork
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61838 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Elgar, Dvorak: Cello Concertos / Navarra, Barbirolli, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1204 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  André Navarra
    Conductor:  Rudolf Schwarz,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Dvorák, Saint-saëns: Concertos / Du Pré, Celibidache, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 85340 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Celibidache - Dvorák, Sibelius, Franck, Etc / Du Pré, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469069 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  César Franck,  Jean Sibelius,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Arve Tellefsen,  Jacqueline Du Pré
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Symphony No 7 / Gutman, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73707 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Natalia Gutman
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Manchester Music Festival - Rachmaninov, Dvorák: Concertos
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3024 Release Date: 09/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Michael Rudiakov,  Shoshana Rudiakov
    Conductor:  David Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manchester Music Festival Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Dvorák, Bartok: Cello Concertos / Starker, Slatkin, St Louis
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60717 Release Date: 08/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  János Starker
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Mstislav Rostropovich - Dvorak, Saint-saens: Cello Concertos
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1101 Release Date: 04/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Claude Debussy,  David Popper  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Dedyukhin,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Dvorák: Concerto For Cello;  Et Al / Wispelwey, Renes
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 8695 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Arensky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Karl Davidoff,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Paolo Giacometti,  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Dvorak, Schumann: Cello Concertos / Maisky, Bernstein
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445574 Release Date: 02/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Dvorák: Cello Concerto;  Tchaikowsky / Rostropovich, Karajan
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447413 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Dvorák, Herbert: Cello Concertos / Ma, Masur, New York Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67173 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Herbert,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 122.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 111544 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Angelica May
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
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  • 123.
    Les Introuvables De Jacqueline Du Pré
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68132 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Daniel Barenboim,  Gerald Moore,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    Dvorak: Cello Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550503 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto;  Saint-saens, Etc / Pierre Fournier
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1016 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Pierre Fournier,  Ernest Lush
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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