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 1, Legends / Stephen Gunzenhauser
Release Date: 01/28/1993   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550266   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Slavonic Rhapsodies, Suite For A Large Orchestra
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2121   Number of Discs: 1
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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 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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Work: Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191

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  • 51.
    Dvorak: Orchestral Works & Concertos
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4123 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Milos Sádlo,  Ivan Moravec,  Václav Hudecek,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Bohumil Gregor,  Jakub Hrusa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonia  ... 
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  • 52.
    Schumann, Dvorak: Cello Concertos / Walton, Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 322 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jamie Walton
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 53.
    10 Classic Albums / Mischa Maisky [11-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001801402 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod,  George Frideric Handel,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Pavel Gililov,  Daria Hovora,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 352972 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Terje Tonnesen,  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
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  • 55.
    The Sound of Pablo Casals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 780032 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pablo Casals,  Alfred Cortot,  Jacques Thibaud,  Otto Schulhof
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Landon Ronald,  Pablo Casals
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 56.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Piano Concerto  / Rostropovich, Maxian, Talich
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1368 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Frantisek Maxian
    Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Cello Concerto / Brunello, Pappano
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 14102 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mario Brunello
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Saint-saens: Cello Concerto No. 1
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 23078 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
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  • 59.
    Late Romantic Masterpieces / Charles Munch
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 899792 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  Henryk Szeryng,  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Maureen Forrester
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Jacqueline Du Pre - The Great Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 91934 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Frederick Delius,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Daniel Barenboim,  Gerald Moore,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Daniel Barenboim,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Silent Woods; Rondo / Yo-Yo Ma, Maazel
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 755360 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
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  • 62.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Dohnanyi: Konzertstuck / Mackerras, Wallfisch, LSO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10715 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Ernö von Dohnányi
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Dvorak - Masterworks / Pesek, Belohlavek, Altrichter
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107513 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Ivan Zenaty,  Igor Ardasev,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek,  Petr Altrichter,  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto / Zuill Bailey, Jun Markl, Indianapolis Symphony
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 32927 Release Date: 01/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Zuill Bailey
    Conductor:  Jun Märkl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    BBC Legends: Rostropovich
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 50052 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  George Hurst,  Sir Colin Davis,  Benjamin Britten,  Yevgeny Svetlanov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    Dvorak: Complete Cello Works / Tomaš Jamnik, Tomas Netpoli
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4034 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Tomás Jamník
    Conductor:  Tomas Netpoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococo  Variations / Mork
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 28623 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Guy Fallot
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1305/07 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  André Prévost,  Olivier Messiaen,  Bohuslav Martinu  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Fallot,  Rita Possa,  Emmanuelle Lamasse,  Monique Fallot
    Conductor:  Antonio de Almeida,  André Jouve
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  • 69.
    Dvorak in America
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4025 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Josef Chuchro,  Milos Sádlo,  Jaroslav Soucek,  Gabriela Benacková
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek,  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Panocha String Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto / Harrell, Ashkenazy, Philharmonia
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425020 Release Date: 06/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Lynn Harrell
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 71.
    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
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  London Mozart Players
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    Dvorák, Herbert: Cello Concertos / G. Capuçon, P. Järvi, Frankfurt Radio SO
    Label: Erato   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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