Dvořák, Antonin

June 23, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)
A five-part biography on the life of Bohemia’s most celebrated composer. Bill starts with Dvořák’s early compositions, and music from one of his first influences, Bedřich Smetana, and continues with his travels to America where he helped define our musical identity. Dvořák composed Symphony From the New World while living in the U.S. as director of the National Conservatory in New York. During his stay he met African American classical musician Harry T. Burleigh, who sang spirituals to Dvořák that moved him to say it was the authentic music of America, and would deeply influence his future compositions such as The American Quartet featured in the fourth episode.



Episode 1

Dvorak: Serenade for Strings Op.22, II
Prague Chamber Orchestra
Supraphon 3563

Dvorak: Symphony No. 1 (excerpts from)
Berlin Phil/ Kubelik
DG 423120
Smetana: Ma Vlast, I Vysehrad (excerpt)
Czech Phil/ Neumann
Supraphon 111958
Smetana: “Furiant” fr. The Bartered Bride (excerpt)
New York Phil/Bernstein
Sony 92729
Dvorak: “Me srdce casto v bolesti” fr. Cypresses
Lucia Popp, s; Irwin Gage, p
BBC 4025
Dvorak: ”Death reigns in many a human breast” fr. Cypresses
Chilingirian Quartet
Chan 8826
Dvorak: String Serenade in E (excerpts from)
Prague Chamber Orchestra
Supraphon 3563

Episode 2

Dvorak: Piano Concerto, III
Czech Phil/ Neumann; Firkusny, p

Dvorak: Wind Serenade Op. 44, I & II
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Del 3152

Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1
Gewandhaus Orchestra/Neumann
Supraphon 111959

Dvorak: Symphony No. 6, I (excerpt) III
Czech Phil/ Pesek
Virgin 61853
:36. 8:17
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (excerpt)
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, I
Berlin Phil/ Kubelik
DG 439663

Episode 3

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, III
LSO/ Dorati
MER 434312

Dvorak: Op. 89, Requiem
Ambrosian Singers, LSO/ Kertesz
Decca 468487
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, I & II
Halle Orchestra/Barbirolli
EMI 64193
9:41, 10:22
Dvorak: Allegro (mvt. 5 fr. Dumky Trio)
Dumky Trio Joseph Swenson, v, Carter Brey, vc; Jeffrey Kahane, p.
Musicmasters 60152
Dvorak: Lento maestoso (mvt 6 fr. Dumky trio)
Young Uck Kim, v; Yo-Yo Ma, vc.; Carter Brey, p

Episode 4

Foster: “Old Folks at Home”
Leila Josefowicz, v; John Novacek, p
Phil 462948

Joplin: Swipesy Cakewalk
Henry Thacker Burleigh: Deep River
Oral Moses, v.; Ann Sears, p.
Albany 332
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World, I & II
CSO/ Reiner
RCA 62587
8:41, 12:24
Dvorak: Op. 96, American Quartet, I & III + II (excerpt)
Guarneri Quartet
Phil 420 803
9:15, 3:39 + 1:09
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World, IV
Berlin Phil/ Kubelik
DG 423120

Episode 5

Dvorak: Sonatina, II
Gil and Orli Shaham
DG 449820

Dvorak: Concerto for Cello, II & III
Berlin Phil/ Szell; Pierre Fournier, vc
DG 423881
11:23, 12:17

Dvorak: Rusalka (excerpts from)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus/ Neumann;Gabriela Benackova-Capova, Richard Novak, Wieslaw Ochman, soloists
Supraphon 3718
7:56, 4:21, 5:21