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 8, Etc / Belohlávek, Czech Po
Release Date: 07/27/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9048   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák, Martinu: Sextets, Etc / Asmf Chamber Ensemble
Release Date: 09/20/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8771   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphony No 8, The Wood Dove / Järvi, Scottish No
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8666   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphony No 7, Etc / Belohlávek, Czech Po
Release Date: 10/17/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9391   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphony No 3, Etc / Järvi, Scottish No
Release Date: 04/15/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8575   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: 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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  • 77.
    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
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Vaclav Talich Special Edition Vol 5 - Dvorák / Rostropovich
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3825 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Frantisek Maxian
    Conductor:  Vaclav Talich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 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: 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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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