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Donald Macleod describes Dvorak's extraordinary reception in England and introduces some of the works he premiered during the many visits he made to the country.

Following a hugely popular performance of his Stabat Mater at the Royal Albert Hall in March 1883, Dvorák was invited by the Philharmonic Society of London to write a new work for them and to come and conduct it. Donald Macleod describes Dvorák's extraordinary reception in England and introduces some of the works he premiered during the many visits he made to the country, including the symphony written for the Philharmonic Society, a cantata based on a spooky gothic tale and one of the greatest of all his liturgical works.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo Capriccioso

    Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • EMI CDC749995-2.
    • 6.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No.7 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • Warner 2564 66656-2.
    • 2.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Requiem (excerpt)

    Singer: Thomas Moser. Singer: Jan‐Hendrik Rootering. Choir: Czech Philharmonic Chorus. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • Supraphon 60C37-7427/8.
    • 5.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Spectre's Bride (excerpt)

    Singer: Oksana Krovytska. Singer: John Aler. Orchestra: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Zdeněk Mácal.
    • Delos DE3296.
    • 13.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Songs my mother taught me; op.55 no 4

    Singer: Genia Kühmeier. Performer: Christoph Berner.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMC902081.
    • 4.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The strings are tuned op.55 no 5

    Singer: Genia Kühmeier. Performer: Christoph Berner.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMC902081.
    • 5.

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