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A five-part biography on the life of Bohemia’s most celebrated composer. We start with a look at Dvořák's early life and works, as well as music from one of Dvořák's first influences, Bedřich Smetana, and continue with his travels to America where he helped define our early musical identity.We will hear works such as Symphony No. 7, Requiem, and New World Symphony.
 
 

 
Program 1

We start with a look at Dvořák's early life and works, as well as music from one of Dvořák's first influences, Bedřich Smetana. 

Dvorak: Serenade for Strings Op.22, II
Prague Chamber Orchestra
Supraphon 3563
1:49
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 1 (excerpts from)
Berlin Phil/ Kubelik
DG 423120
4:32
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Smetana: Ma Vlast, I Vysehrad (excerpt)
Czech Phil/ Neumann
Supraphon 111958
4:55
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Smetana: “Furiant” fr. The Bartered Bride (excerpt)
New York Phil/Bernstein
Sony 92729
2:10
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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
22:44
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Program 2

Dvorak: Piano Concerto, III
Czech Phil/ Neumann; Firkusny, p
10:11
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Dvorak: Wind Serenade Op. 44, I & II
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Del 3152
10:34
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Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1
Gewandhaus Orchestra/Neumann
Supraphon 111959
4:00
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 6, I (excerpt) III
Czech Phil/ Pesek
Virgin 61853
:36. 8:17
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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (excerpt)
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi
2:49
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, I
Berlin Phil/ Kubelik
DG 439663
11:15
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Program 3

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7, III
LSO/ Dorati
MER 434312
7:54
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Dvorak: Op. 89, Requiem
Ambrosian Singers, LSO/ Kertesz
Decca 468487
10:35
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, I & II
Halle Orchestra/Barbirolli
EMI 64193
9:41, 10:22
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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
 

 

Program 4

Foster: “Old Folks at Home”
Leila Josefowicz, v; John Novacek, p
Phil 462948
1:30
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Joplin: Swipesy Cakewalk
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Henry Thacker Burleigh: Deep River
Oral Moses, v.; Ann Sears, p.
Albany 332
1:34
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World, I & II
CSO/ Reiner
RCA 62587
8:41, 12:24
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Dvorak: Op. 96, American Quartet, I & III + II (excerpt)
Guarneri Quartet
Phil 420 803
9:15, 3:39 + 1:09
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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, From the New World, IV
Berlin Phil/ Kubelik
DG 423120
11:46
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Program 5

Dvorak: Sonatina, II
Gil and Orli Shaham
DG 449820
3:37
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Dvorak: Concerto for Cello, II & III
Berlin Phil/ Szell; Pierre Fournier, vc
DG 423881
11:23, 12:17
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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 
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