Dvorak: Sacred Works & Cantatas

Release Date: 8/14/2015
Label: Supraphon
Catalog Number: SU4187-2
Number of Discs: 8

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$47.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Faith in God was for Dvorák the cornerstone on which he built his own life and work, hence it comes as no surprise that a number of his seminal pieces are within the domain of sacred music, and frequently linked with a strong personal story.

The first version of the oratorio Stabat Mater came into being after the death of his first-born daughter. In the wake of the triumph of its London premiere, Dvorák received more commissions from the UK, which gave rise to other paramount compositions: The Spectre's Bride, Requiem and Saint Ludmila.

The instigation for Te Deum came from New York, where following the premiere of the New World Symphony Dvorák wrote the Biblical Songs, the apex of his oeuvre of this genre. The set also contains pieces that have been seldom performed (the cantata The Heirs of the White Mountain, Psalm 149 in the previously unreleased recording made by the conductor Václav Neumann.).

At the same time, this 8-disc collection within the Dvorák series, featuring gems from the Supraphon archive, showcases superlative artists and performances in sensitively re-mastered sound.
Works on This Recording
1. Stabat Mater, Op. 58/B 71 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: John Uhlenhopp (Tenor), Peter Mikulas (Bass), Eva Urbanová (Soprano), Marta Benacková (Alto)
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876-1877 ; Bohemia
2. Te Deum, Op. 103/B 176 by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Bohemia
3. Mass in D major, Op. 86/B 153 by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Bohemia
4. Biblical songs, Op. 99/B 185: no 1, Clouds and darkness by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; USA
5. Biblical songs, Op. 99/B 185: no 2, Thou art my hiding place by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; USA
6. Biblical songs, Op. 99/B 185: no 3, Give ear to my prayer by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; USA
7. Biblical songs, Op. 99/B 185: no 4, The Lord is my shepherd by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; USA
8. Biblical songs, Op. 99/B 185: no 5, I will sing a new song by Antonín Dvorák
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; USA
9. Requiem Mass, Op. 89/B 165 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass), Thomas Moser (Tenor), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Gabriela Benacková (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Bohemia
10. Psalm 149, Op. 79/B 91 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Václav Neumann
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; Bohemia
11. Heirs of the White Mountain, Op. 30/B 27 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872 ; Bohemia
12. Saint Ludmilla, Op. 71/B 144 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Richard Novák (Bass), Eva Zikmundová (Soprano), Benno Blachut (Tenor), Vladimir Krejcik (Tenor), Vera Soukupová (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885-1886 ;
13. The Spectre's Bride, Op. 69/B 135 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Eva Urbanová (Soprano), L'udovit Ludha (Tenor), Ivan Kusnjer (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; Bohemia
14. O sanctissima dulcis virgo Maria, Op. 19a/B 95a by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Richard Novák (Bass), Josef Ksica (Organ), Drahomíra Drobková (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; Bohemia
15. Hymnus ad laudes in festo Sancta Trinitatis, B 82 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Josef Ksica (Organ), Drahomíra Drobková (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Bohemia
16. Ave maris stella, Op. 19b/B 95 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Richard Novák (Bass), Josef Ksica (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; Bohemia
17. Ave Maria, Op. 19b/B 68 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Josef Ksica (Organ), Drahomíra Drobková (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Bohemia
18. Biblical Songs, Op. 99/B 185 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Ivan Moravec (Piano), Vera Soukupová (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; USA
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