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 in Prague - A Celebration
Release Date: 05/29/2007   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4211   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: 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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Dvorák: Symphonies 3 And 6 / Gunzenhauser, Slovak Po
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550268   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Romance;  Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Release Date: 05/09/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550758   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies, Tone Poems, Overtures & Requiem / Kertesz, LSO [9 CDs + Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002586402 Release Date: 12/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Erzsébet Komlossy,  Pilar Lorengar,  Robert Ilosfalvy,  Tom Krause
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
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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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  • 4.
    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 10.
    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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  • 11.
    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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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Jansons [Blu-ray]
    Label: Belvedere   Catalog: 08016 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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  • 13.
    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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    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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    Smetana: Moldau; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
    Label: Pavane Records   Catalog: 7574 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Solot (Piano Duo)
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  • 16.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies; Slavic Dances; Overtures; Symphonic Poems
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95297 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  John Farrer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Janacek: Sinfonietta; Dvorak: Symphony
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Brugge
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  • 19.
    Rossini, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-korsakov, Wagner, Dvorak
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7073 Release Date: 09/08/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
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  • 20.
    Dvorak: Complete Symphonies; Legends; Slavonic Dances / Serebrier
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 550580 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Dvorak Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95100 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Zara Nelsova,  Marián Lapsansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Theodore Kuchar,  Walter Susskind,  Antal Doráti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Ostrava Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Karl Bohm - Late Recordings - Vienna, London, Dresden
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002327602 Release Date: 06/23/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Jessye Norman,  Placido Domingo,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 23.
    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
    Label: Seattle Symphony   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Edgard Varčse
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 / Ancerl, Vienna Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Wiener Symphoniker   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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