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March 10, 2019

Freya Parr Five essential works by Dvořák

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Symphony No. 9, ‘New World’

Dvořák’s attempt to write a symphony using native American music and spirituals has ear-catching melodies
and evocative orchestration.

Recommended recording:
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop
Naxos 8.570714

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/01sOY5sNycG2e2Pf6q7vae

 

 

Slavonic Dances

Dvořák originally composed his zestful tribute to the folk music of his homeland for piano duet. Such was the success of the first series that he wrote a sequel.

Recommended recording:
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Mackerras
Supraphon SU 3808-2

 

 

Rusalka

Dvořák‘s most famous opera is widely known for the title character’s beautiful ‘Invocation to the Moon’.

Recommended recording:
Ana María Martínez, Larissa Diadkova; Glyndebourne Chorus; LPO/Jiří Bělohlávek
Glyndebourne GFOCD 007-09

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3AtEIzhRqGYrSOm6d4Cwva

 

 

String Quartet No. 12, ‘American’

Dvořák composed string quartets during most of his career. His American Quartet took inspiration from spirituals.

Recommended recording:
Prazák Quartet Praga
PR 250110

 

 

Cello Concerto

Arguably the greatest of the Romantic cello concertos – an impassioned hymn to his homeland and a poignant tribute to his recently deceased sister-in-law.

Recommended recording:
Pieter Wispelwey; Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer
Channel CCSSA 25807

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1OtAYstqZu0gkgcwny7mXs

 

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