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Dvořák: Cello Concerto, Silent Woods, Serenade

Petr Nouzovsky

Miscellaneous - Released January 28, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) was a great synthesist, ingeniously combining arguably incongruent strains: folk music (Czech as well as American) with refined classical forms, romantic extroversion with instrumental austerity and national Czech character with worldwide appeal. The three compositions on this album were all created at turning points in Dvořák’s life, when radical changes in his situation impacted his creative career. His Serenade for Strings was composed in 1875, the same year the impoverished musician became a successful composer almost overnight, after the publisher Simrock made Dvořák’s Moravian Duets a veritable bestseller, having agreed to work with him on the recommendation of Johannes Brahms. Each of the Serenade’s five movements is a variation on ternary (A–B–A) form. The resourcefulness with which Dvořák invents novel ways of returning from the middle section to the opening motive and key is astounding. Silent Woods has much to do with Dvořák’s relocation to America. He was engaged to establish and direct a new National Conservatory in New York. Based on his now established ability to blend Czech folk music with large-scale classical forms it was hoped he would do the same in his new post with American folk music. The Czech transplant indeed soon found his bearings and set about creating a new tradition of American national music on the highest artistic footing. In 1892, before leaving his home for the United States, Dvořák gave something of a farewell tour of Czech cities, writing the cello version of Silent Woods for performance on these recitals. Ten years later, Dvořák created the version for cello and orchestra recorded here. At the conclusion of his time in New York and on his return to Bohemia, Dvořák was focused particularly on writing his Second Cello Concerto. At first believing the cello an unsuitable instrument for concertante music, his mind had been changed on hearing a concerto by American virtuoso and composer Victor Herbert, and Dvořák’s masterpiece took on its definitive form in 1895. Disagreements over alterations suggested by the work’s intended first soloist led to the premiere being delayed until a performance in London by Leo Stern in 1896. Now, no other concertante composition for cello and orchestra is performed more frequently on the international stage. © Brilliant Classics
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Clarinet Sonatas

Various Artists

Classical - Released January 21, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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Mozart Masses, Vol. 1

Camerata Würzburg

Classical - Released January 21, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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Mozart Masses, Vol. 2

Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim

Classical - Released January 21, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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J.S. Bach: Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155

Netherlands Bach Collegium

Classical - Released January 16, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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Liebestraum

Klara Würtz

Classical - Released January 14, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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J.S. Bach: Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren, BWV 154

Netherlands Bach Collegium

Classical - Released January 9, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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J.S. Bach: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid, BWV 58

Netherlands Bach Collegium

Classical - Released January 2, 2022 | Brilliant Classics

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Telemann: Trio Sonatas for Recorder and Viola da Gamba

Erik Bosgraaf

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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French Violin Sonatas

Daniele Orlando

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Brunetti: Divertimenti

Proyecto Brunetti

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Margola-Ghedini-Rieti: Piano Trios

Mythos Trio

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Medtner: Angel, Complete Songs, Vol. 3

Ekaterina Levental

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Piatti: 12 Capricci for Cello Solo

Luciano Tarantino

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Eberl: Piano Sonatas & Variations

Sayuri Nagoya

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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J.S. Bach: Toccatas BWV 910-916

Wolfgang Rübsam

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Homage to Angelo Gilardino - A Life for Music

Cristiano Porqueddu

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Fischer & Kerll: Arp-Schnitger Organ of the Monastery of Moreira da Maia

Rui Fernando Soares

Miscellaneous - Released December 31, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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J.S. Bach: Das neugeborne Kindelein, BWV 122

Netherlands Bach Collegium

Classical - Released December 26, 2021 | Brilliant Classics

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Classical Piano Music for Christmas

Various Artists

Classical - Released December 22, 2012 | Brilliant Classics