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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  • 51.
    Paul Tortelier - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 88627 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Jacques Manzone,  Maud Tortelier
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    Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Etc / Sandor Gyudi, Adam Javorkai
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98865 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Adam Javorkai,  Sandor Javorkai
    Conductor:  Sándor Gyüdi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Szeged Symphony Orchestra
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
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    Dvorak: Cello Concerto In B Minor: Saint-saens Cello Concerto No. 1 In A Minor
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637412992 Release Date: 05/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Antonín Dvorák
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  • 55.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Slavonic Dances (Selection)
    Label: Lontano   Catalog: 4691060 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
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  • 56.
    Dvorák, Herbert: Cello Concertos / G. Capuçon, P. Järvi, Frankfurt Radio SO
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 519035 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Victor Herbert
    Performer:  Gautier Capuçon
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    The Best Of Czech Classics - Dvorak: Concertos / Suk, Hudecek, Moravec, Sadlo, Belohlavek, Neumann, Czech Po
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3965 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Milos Sádlo,  Ivan Moravec,  Václav Hudecek,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Bloch: Schelomo;  Dvorak: Cello Concerto / Barzin, Feuermann
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420776 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann
    Conductor:  Leon Barzin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Association
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    Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Carnaval Overture, Rusalka / Neumann
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422387 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Elgar, Dvorak: Cello Concertos / Fournier, Szell, Rosabud
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 28-2 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Dvorák Cycle Vol 4 - Cello Concerto, Symphony No 9
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102141 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Silent Woods - Dvorák / Ofra Harnoy, Sir Charles Mackerras
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68186 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Ofra Harnoy,  Michael Dussek
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Rostropovich Plays Cello Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 447036 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Marcel Landowski,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Renaud Gagneux,  Alun Hoddinott  ... 
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Hugh Seenan,  Layton James  ... 
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa,  Kent Nagano,  Cristobal Halffter  ... 
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  • 64.
    Ultimate Dvorak - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079102 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Kurt Masur,  Václav Neumann,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorak: Concerto For Cello, Etc / Fischer, Wispelwey, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 25807 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Pieter Wispelwey
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Dvorák: Cello Concerto; Prokofiev, Debussy, Webern / Harrell, Levine
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 85067 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy,  Anton Webern,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  James Levine,  Lynn Harrell
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Ultimate Cello Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972402 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Samuel Sanders,  Heinrich Schiff,  John Birch  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Maxim Shostakovich,  Yan Pascal Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Schubert: Arpeggione / Harrell
    Label: Rca Papillion   Catalog: 6531 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Lynn Harrell,  James Levine
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    The Rostropovich Edition - Dvorak, Brahms, Haydn
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65701 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Nikolay Myaskovsky,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  David Oistrakh,  Ulrich Koch
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Glory Of Rostropovich / 8-Disc Set
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000839202 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Martha Argerich,  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Leonard Bernstein,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
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    Dvorak: Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto / Rivinius, Firkusny
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4406 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Gustav Rivinius,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Etc / Feuermann, Taube, Szell, Et Al
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2061 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Emanuel Feuermann
    Conductor:  Michael Taube,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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
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    Dvorák: Cello Concerto;  Schumann: Cello Concerto
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 413 Release Date: 01/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Erling Blöndal Bengtsson
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Etc / Queyras, Belohlávek, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901867 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Alexander Melnikov,  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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Antonín Dvorák


WORKS
1. Adagio - Allegro molto
2. Largo
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
4. Allegro con fuoco
1. Allegro
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Dvorák: String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Dvorák: String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179 - 2. Lento
Dvorák: String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179 - 3. Molto vivace
Dvorák: String Quartet No.12 in F major, Op.96 - "American" B.179 - 4. Finale (Vivace ma non troppo)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Poco Adagio
III. Scherzo. Vivace - Poco meno mosso
IV. Finale. Allegro