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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: Cello Concerto, Etc / Queyras, Belohlávek, Et Al
Release Date: 11/08/2005   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901867   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: 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: String Quartet Op 34, Terzetto / Vlach Quartet
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553373   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorák: Music For Violin And Piano Vol 1 / Zhou, Battersby
Release Date: 10/16/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554413   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

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  • 26.
    Ultimate Dvorak - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001079102 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Kurt Masur,  Václav Neumann,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Dvorak: Serenades;  Suk / Hrusa, Prague Philharmonia
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3932 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Jakub Hrusa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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  • 28.
    Brahms: Symphony No 2;  Dvorák / Ashkenazy, Cleveland
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433549 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Serenades For Strings - Tchaikovsky, Dvorak / Fiedler, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 590 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Achim Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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  • 30.
    Tchaikovsky, Dvorak: Serenades For Strings
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 590 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Achim Fiedler
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  • 31.
    Winds Of Nagual - Dvorak, Gillingham, Rimsky-Korsakov, Et Al / Mikkelson, Ohio SU Wind Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570244 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Colgrass,  David Gillingham,  Antonín Dvorák,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Russel C. Mikkelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio State University Wind Symphony
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  • 32.
    Ultimate Classical - Chill Out
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766202 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Cooper,  Radu Lupu,  Ilana Vered,  Alicia De Larrocha
    Conductor:  Bernard Herrmann,  Stanley Black,  Raymond Agoult,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra of London  ... 
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  • 33.
    Serenades - Suk, Dvorak / Hartung, Et Al
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 5015 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Volker Hartung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Dvorak, Tchaikovsky: Slavonic Serenades
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250217 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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  • 35.
    Serenades By Mozart, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Wolf / Sandor Végh
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 630041 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Hugo Wolf
    Conductor:  Sandor Végh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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  • 36.
    Dvorak: Serenade For Strings; Mendelssohn: Symphony For Strings / Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 85513 Release Date: 11/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German String Philharmonic
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Dvorak: Serenades / Warren-green, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6678 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Grieg, Dvorak, Elgar / Conrad Van Alphen, Rotterdam Co
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80623 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Conrad Van Alphen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Dvorak: Symphony No 9, Etc / Kubelik, Bavarian Radio So
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 596031 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Dvorak: Serenade For Strings In E Major Op.22, String Sextet In A Major Op.48
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220532 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Boris Monoszon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti di Praga
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  • 42.
    Dvorak: Serenades / Myung-whun Chung, Vienna Po, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471613 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Wolfgang Herzer,  Wolfgang Vladar,  Thomas Joebstl,  Ronald Janezic  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra members,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Dvorak, Tchaikovsky: Serenades;  Grieg / Yoo, Metamorphosen
    Label: Archetype   Catalog: 60105 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Scott Yoo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Dvorak: Serenades For Strings/Tchaikovsky: Serenades For Strings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470262 Release Date: 12/17/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 46.
    Dvorak, Suk: Serenade For Strings;  Brahms, Strauss
    Label: Roméo Records   Catalog: 7206 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johannes Brahms,  Josef Suk,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Stephen Rogers Radcliffe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Eloquence - Movie Classics - Music From Famous Films
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 1089402 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  István Hajdu,  Placido Domingo,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Colin Davis,  Georges Prętre,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Tchaikovsky, Dvorak: Serenades For Strings
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554048 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  Philippe Entremont
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Dvorák: Symphony No 9, Slavonic Dances, Etc / Karajan, Et Al
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469133 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Bernard Greenhouse,  Menahem Pressler,  Isidore Cohen
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 50.
    String Serenades - Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Elgar, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61763 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Josef Suk,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Chase,  Alexander Balanescu,  Christopher Warren-Green,  Douglas Cummings  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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