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: String Quartets No 8 & 11 / Vlach Quartet Prague
Release Date: 06/18/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553372   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Serenade For Winds;  Janacek, Enescu / Oslo Soloists
Release Date: 04/11/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554173   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Symphonies Nos 7 & 8 / Chung, Gothenburg So
Release Date: 09/26/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 452   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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  • 1.
    Sir Georg Solti: The Complete Chicago Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831375 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 108
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Slavonic Dances / Piano Duo Trenkner-Speidel
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9302007 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piano Duo Trenkner-Spiedel
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    DG 111: The Conductors / Various
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797477 Release Date: 08/04/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gaston Litaize,  Alain Moglia,  Luben Yordanoff,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Leonard Bernstein,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Sibelius: Finlandia / Edusei, Chineke! Orchestra
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 515 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Kevin John Edusei
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chineke! Orchestra
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    Schubert: Symphony No 8 (Unfinished) - Dvorak: Symphony No 9 / Celibidache, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Münchner Philharmoniker   Catalog: 21123 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Keepin Faith / Delgado, New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
    Label: Leaf Music Inc   Catalog: 204 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Kevin Lau,  Antonín Dvorák,  Arturo Márquez
    Conductor:  Antonio Delgado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
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    Naxos: The Anniversary Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503293 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Bettina Eger,  Ute Hartwich,  Martin Kevenhörster,  Hans-Martin Kothe  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Georg Tintner,  Robert Stankovsky,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    New York Philharmonic: 175th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 533636 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Oscar Levant,  Robert Casadesus,  Isaac Stern,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Willem Mengelberg,  Josef Stransky,  Arturo Toscanini,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186574 Release Date: 03/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & A Hero's Song / Urbanski, NDR Elbphilharmonie
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 269 Release Date: 02/10/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Urbanski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91618 Release Date: 01/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Marcus Bosch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nuremberg State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002595201 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Nathan Milstein,  Géza Anda,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Georges Pretre: The Symphonic Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 557140 Release Date: 09/02/2016   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Darius Milhaud,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Joseph Jongen  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prętre
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    Dvorak: Symphonies Nos 1-9; Orchestral Works / Pesek
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 556701 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350134 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Frantisek Stupka
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Symphonic Variations / Neumann, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Exton   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Berliner Philharmoniker: Great Symphonies
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002500502 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner,  Antonín Dvorák,  César Franck  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Eugen Jochum,  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Symphonies & Symphonic Poems / Mehta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002488802 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Hector Berlioz,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Sidney Harth,  Maureen Forrester,  Daniel Benyamini,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Europakonzert: 25 DVD Anniversary Box (1991-2015) / Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26098 Release Date: 04/29/2016  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Violeta Urmana,  Elke Wilm Schulte  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Pierre Boulez,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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  • 21.
    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Alessi,  Philip Smith,  Glenn Dicterow,  Jaap van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble
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  • 22.
    The Originals: 8 Legendary Albums
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002469802 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff,  Martha Argerich,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Claudio Abbado,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Jansons
    Label: Belvedere (Dvd)   Catalog: 08015 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Dvorak: The Symphonies / Belohlavek, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 27282 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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