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From Bohemia to the World

Donald Macleod focuses on Dvorak's very rapid rise to fame in the 1870s. Including The King and the Charcoal-Burner (excerpt); Symphony No 3; Symphony No 4 (excerpt).

Donald Macleod explores Antonin Dvorak's stratospheric rise to fame in the 1870s.

Long before the famous journey to the New World, the celebrated visits to this country, before even the great shaggy beard...there was once a young composer, obsessed with Wagner, scratching out a meagre living in obscurity in Prague - waiting patiently to snatch his moment as the most outstanding and distinctive musical voice his nation had ever heard. This week, Donald Macleod explores the critical period in the late 1870s when Antonin Dvorak first made his name, drawing musically from no fewer than four of Dvorak's early symphonies, his Piano and Violin Concertos, his much-loved Slavonic Dances, his String Quintet in G, and host of stage and chamber works.

We begin with a critical moment in Dvorak's early life: just as all seemed lost, and his early opera "King and Charcoal Burner" seemed set for the dustbin of history, the composer received a new state award for impoverished composers. It was to utterly transform his life.

A Garland (Songs from The Dvur Kralove Manuscript)
Bernarda Fink, soprano
Roger Vignoles, piano

The King and the Charcoal-Burner: Act III, Scene I
WDR Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Gerd Albrecht, conductor

Rosebud (Songs from The Dvur Kralove Manuscript)
Bernarda Fink, soprano
Roger Vignoles, piano

Symphony No 3 in E flat, Op 10
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Myung Whun-Chung, conductor

Symphony No 4 in D minor, Op 13 (3rd mvt)
London Symphony Orchestra
István Kertesz, conductor.

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Mon 25 Jun 2018 12:00

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Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No 4 In D Minor Op 13 - Scherzo

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • DECCA : 4178-596-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Songs from the Dvur Kralove manuscript Op 7

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Bernarda Fink.
    • DVORAK - Rosebud, The Cuckoo, The Lark from Songs from the Dvur Králové, Op.7.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 10.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Kral a Uhlir

    Singer: Dalibor Jenis. Singer: Peter Mikuláš. Singer: Michelle Breedt. Singer: Lívia Ághová. Singer: Michal Lehotsky. Choir: Pražský komorní sbor. Choir: West German Radio Chorus. Conductor: Gerd Albrecht.
    • ORFEO : C678-062 H.
    • ORFEO.
    • 8.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Songs from the Dvur Kralove manuscript Op 7

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Bernarda Fink.
    • DVORAK - Rosebud, The Cuckoo, The Lark from Songs from the Dvur Králové, Op.7.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 10.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No 3 In E Flat Major Op 10

    Performer: Myung-Whun Chung. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON: DG 4492072.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 1.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No 4 In D Minor Op13

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • DECCA : 4178-596-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.

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