Dvořák, Antonin

June 15, 2020, 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
Dvorák: Serenade For Strings
Supraphon 3563

Dvorak: Symphony No. 1 (excerpts from)
Berlin Philharmonic/Kubelik
Dvorak: 9 Symphonien
DG 423120

Smetana: Ma Vlast, I Vysehrad (excerpt)
Czech Philharmonic/Neumann
Smetana: My Country
Supraphon 111958

Smetana: The Bartered Bride – “Furiant”  (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride)
Sony 92729

Dvorak: Cypresses – “Me srdce casto v bolesti”
Lucia Popp, soprano; Irwin Gage, piano
Schubert, Mozart, Dvorák, Mahler, Et Al: Lieder
BBC 4025

Dvorak: Cypresses – ”Death reigns in many a human breast”
Chilingirian Quartet
Dvorak: String Quartet No 7
Chan 8826

Dvorak: String Serenade in E (excerpts from)
Prague Chamber Orchestra
Dvorák: Serenade For Strings
Supraphon 3563

Episode 2

Dvorak: Piano Concerto, III
Czech Philharmonic/Neumann; Firkusny, piano
Piano Concerto – Concertino • Capriccio
RCA Victor Red Seal RD60781

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

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

Dvorak: Symphony No. 6, I (excerpt) III
Czech Philharmonic/Pesek
Symphonies 1-9 & Orchestral Works
Virgin 61853
:36. 8:17

Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (excerpt)
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi
Symphony No. 2 – Haydn Variations
Teldec 93678

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, I
Berlin Philharmonic/Kubelik
Dvorák: Symphonies Nos 7, 8, 9
DG 439663

Episode 3

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, III
London Symphony Orchestra/Dorati
Dvorák: Symphonies No 7 & 8
MER 434312

Dvorak: Op. 89, Requiem
Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra/Kertesz
Requiem / Psalmus hungaricus
Decca 468487

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, I and II
Halle Orchestra/Barbirolli
Phoenixa Series- Dvorák: Symphony No 8
EMI 64193
9:41, 10:22

Dvorak: Dumky Trio; V. Allegro
 Joseph Swenson, violin, Carter Brey, violoncello; Jeffrey Kahane, piano
[email protected], From Bach, Vol. 5
Musicmasters 60152

Dvorak: Dumky trio; VI Lento maestoso
Young Uck Kim, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello; Carter Brey, piano


Episode 4

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

Joplin: Swipesy Cakewalk
Henry Thacker Burleigh: Deep River
Oral Moses, voice; Ann Sears, piano
Deep River: Songs and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh
Albany 332

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World
I and II

Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
New World Symphony And Other Orchestral Masterworks
RCA 62587
8:41, 12:24

Dvorak: Op. 96, American Quartet
I, III, II (excerpt)

Guarneri Quartet
String Quartets – Streichquartette: ‘From My Life’ / “American”
Phil 420 803
9:15, 3:39 + 1:09

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World IV
Berlin Philharmonic/Kubelik
Dvorak: 9 Symphonien
DG 423120

Episode 5

Dvorak: Sonatina, II
Gil Shaham, vioin; Orli Shaham, piano
Dvorak For Two
DG 449820

Dvorak: Concerto for Cello, II & III
Berlin Philharmonic/Szell
Pierre Fournier, violoncello
Dvorak, Elgar: Cello Concertos
DG 423881
11:23, 12:17

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