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

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  • 76.
    Dvorak: Complete Concertos / Vavrinek, Moravian Philharmonic
    Label: Cube Bohemia   Catalog: 2426 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jan Pálenícek,  Jana Novakova,  Jitka Cechova
    Conductor:  Stanislav Vavrínek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 77.
    Dvorák: Cello Concerto; Bruch, Tchaikovsky / Starker, Dorati
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 000450236 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Max Bruch,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  János Starker
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    Original Masters - Zara Nelsova
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000388402 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Max Reger,  Samuel Barber,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Zara Nelsova,  Ernest Bloch,  Artur Balsam
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Samuel Barber,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Dvorak, Elgar: Cello Concertos / Casals, Szell, Boult
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 62953 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Pablo Casals
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Landon Ronald
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Walton: Cello Concerto / Piatigorsky
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 66375 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Dvorák: Concertos / Kout, Belohlavek, Kasik, Barta, Czech Po
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3774 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Martin Kasík,  Jiri Barta
    Conductor:  Jirí Kout,  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Du Pré - Dvorák: Cello Concerto;  Ibert
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4156 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Jacques Ibert
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Michael Krein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Michael Krein Orchestra
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  • 83.
    Dvorák, Brahms: Concertos / Fournier, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4149 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Pierre Fournier
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Yo-yo Ma - The Dvorak Album
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92858 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Itzhak Perlman,  Patricia Zander
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Cello Concerto / Fournier, Et Al
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000291702 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Dvorak, Suk: Works For Cello & Orchestra / Bruns, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98478 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Performer:  Peter Bruns,  Kai Volger
    Conductor:  Michael Helmrath
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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  • 87.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Strauss: Don Quixote / Rostropovich
    Label: Yedang Entertainment   Catalog: 10015 Release Date: 06/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Dimitri Shebalin
    Conductor:  Boris Khaikin,  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Dvorak 100th Anniversary Edition: Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564615282 Release Date: 05/24/2004   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
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  • 89.
    Dvorak: Works For Cello And Orchestra /Grzegorz Nowak, Et Al
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47638 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Wenn-Sinn Yang
    Conductor:  Grzegorz Nowak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Orchestra,  Sinfonica Helvetica
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  • 90.
    Dvorak, Schumann: Cello Concertos / Jacqueline Du Pré
    Label: Emi Great Artists Of The Century   Catalog: 62805 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto;  Strauss: Don Quixote /Maisky, Mehta
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000205402 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky,  Tabea Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Casals Plays Dvorak, Bruch, Boccherini
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2043 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Max Bruch,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Pablo Casals
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Expanded Edition - Concertos From The New World / Ma, Masur
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93072 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Victor Herbert
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Cello Concerto / Piatigorsky, Munch
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 55302 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    30th Anniversary Edition - Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 300245 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Frans Helmerson
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Symphony No 9 / Hoelscher, Lindenberg
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7499192 Release Date: 09/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Ludwig Hoelscher
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Edouard von Lindenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Brahms: Double Concerto / Tortelier, Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 75865 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Paul Tortelier,  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Original Masters - Josef Krips
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000017702 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Inge Borkh,  Zara Nelsova
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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