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Dvorak: Complete Concertos / Susskind, Ricci, Nelsova, Firkusny


Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94938   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Rudolf FirkusnyRuggiero RicciZara Nelsova
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This wonderful two-disc set charts the progress of Dvo?ák’s relationship with the concerto form over the course of his career, from the tentative but beautifully peaceful Piano Concerto of his early days to the masterwork that is the Cello Concerto, widely considered the greatest of all concertos for the instrument. This evolution was accompanied by a range of musical and personal influences: the concertos interact with Dvo?ák’s other key pieces, such as his famous Slavonic Dances, showing snippets of his main musical preoccupations as well as his changing geographic location; and are testament to his important relationships with some of the star soloists of his day – such as the violinist Joseph Joachim or the cellist Hanuš Read more Wihan – for whom he wrote most of the concertos.

Alongside Dvo?ák’s most famous examples of the concerto form, we are also treated to less-known soloist-and-orchestra works, including the charming Romance in F minor and the dazzling Mazurek in E minor. The soloists in this collection are all veterans of their instruments who deliver exemplary performances, directed under the esteemed baton of Walter Susskind: "In these Dvorak performances his great gifts as accompanist to elite soloistic talents is abundantly evident – he was one of the great concerto conductors of his generation – and the soloists respond in diverse ways, emotional, technical, expressive to the differing demands of the concertos" (MusicWeb International).

Other information:

- The three solo concertos and smaller concertante works by Dvorak, on two CDs!

- In Dvo?ák’s substantial symphonic oeuvre there are only three concertos, but each is a masterwork of its kind, frequently played and audience favourites.

- The Cello Concerto is the best and most popular in its genre, a dramatic and sweeping display of romantic passion, the Piano Concerto and Violin Concerto are strong and virtuoso works, with hints of the rich folklore of Dvo?ák’s home country Bohemia.

- Reissue from the rich Vox catalogue, featuring excellent soloists of international fame: cellist Sara Nelsova, pianist Rudolf Firkusny and violinist Ruggiero Ricci. - Brilliant Classics Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Bohemia 
Length: 36 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11/B 39 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1877; Bohemia 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Mazurek for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 49/B 90 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 
Length: 6 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1880; Bohemia 
Length: 29 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Zara Nelsova (Cello)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
Length: 36 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 33, B. 63: I. Allegro agitato
Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 33, B. 63: II. Andante sostenuto
Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 33, B. 63: III. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Romanze in f-Moll, Op. 11, B. 39: Romance in F Minor, Op. 11, B. 39
Mazurek, Op. 49, B. 90
Klid (Silent Woods), Op. 68, No. 5, B. 182
Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94, B. 181
Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 96: I. Allegro ma non troppo - II. Adagio ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 96: III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B. 191: I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B. 191: II. Adagio ma non troppo

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