Dvorak: Complete Symphonies, Slavonic Dances, Overtures, Symphonic Poems

Dvorak: Complete Symphonies, Slavonic Dances, Overtures, Symphonic Poems
Composer Antonín Dvorák
Artist Staatskapelle Berlin
Otmar Suitner conductor
Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Theodore Kuchar conductor
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Antal Doráti conductor
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 95297
EAN code 5028421952970
Release November 2015

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Spread over nine CDs, this release represents a treasure trove of works by Dvořák, dedicated to and featuring the best of his orchestral music. The composer stands as the most popular of the Czech nationalist movement, one who despite German influences (Dvořák counted Brahms and Wagner among his inspirations) became a byword in the assimilation of folk roots into serious musical composition. Not only did he use existing melodies, but he composed his own folk-based themes too.

Apart from the nine symphonies, which of course include the enduringly popular ‘New World’, written during the composer’s sojourn in America, the compilation also features a series of overtures (such as the famous Carnival Overture, an exuberant celebration of human life at its best), tone poems (A Hero’s Song, which is a sort of Czech equivalent to Strauss’s somewhat later Ein Heldenleben, and four gruesome folk ballads which represent the composer’s Indian Summer, among others), the famous Czech Suite which has a Mozart Serenade quality about it, and the two sets of Slavonic Dances – the first of which represents a tribute from the younger composer to Brahms’s own Hungarian Dances and firmly established Dvořák as a leader of the new Czech national school.

Performing these works is a trio of great ensembles: the Staatskapelle Berlin under their esteemed director of 26 years, Otmar Suitner; The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra – natural experts in this type of repertoire; and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, performing under the baton of Antal Doráti. The edition is an excellent addition to the Brilliant Classics orchestral catalogue and records a crucial facet of the output of one of Europe’s most famous composers.

An excellent bargain set in the best Brilliant Classics tradition: the complete symphonies, symphonic poems, overtures and Slavonic Dances of Antonin Dvořák!
The set contains all the symphonic works which made Dvořák one of the best and universally loved romantic composers (and who knew how to write a good tune!): the 9th symphony “From the New World” (one of the most popular symphonies ever written), the charming Czech Suite, haunting symphonic poems (Noon Witch, the Water Goblin) and the exhilarating complete Slavonic Dances. Music pouring from a warm and fiercely beating heart, in which the folklore of Dvořák’s home country is never far away.
Excellent performances by the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Janáček Philharmonic and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti.

Other information:
Recorded in 1979 - 2004.
Contains notes on the composer and the music.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, B. 9: I. Maestoso – Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, B. 9: II. Adagio di molto
  3. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, B. 9: III. Allegretto
  4. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, B. 9: IV. Finale. Allegro animato

Disk 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 4, B. 12: I. Allegro con moto
  2. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 4, B. 12: II. Poco adagio
  3. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 4, B. 12: III. Scherzo. Allegro con brio
  4. Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 4, B. 12: IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco (alla breve)
  5. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 10, B. 34: I. Allegro moderato
  6. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 10, B. 34: II. Adagio molto, tempo di Marcia
  7. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 10, B. 34: III. Finale. Allegro vivace

Disk 3

  1. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 13, B. 41: I. Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 13, B. 41: II. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabile
  3. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 13, B. 41: III. Scherzo. Allegro feroce
  4. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 13, B. 41: IV. Finale. Allegro con brio
  5. Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76, B. 54: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
  6. Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76, B. 54: II. Andante con moto
  7. Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76, B. 54: III. Scherzo. Allegro scherzando
  8. Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76, B. 54: IV. Finale. Allegro molto

Disk 4

  1. Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60, B. 112: I. Allegro non tanto
  2. Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60, B. 112: II. Adagio
  3. Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60, B. 112: III. Scherzo (Furiant). Presto
  4. Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60, B. 112: IV. Finale. Allegro con spirit
  5. Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141: I. Allegro maestoso
  6. Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141: II. Poco adagio
  7. Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141: III. Scherzo. Vivace
  8. Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70, B. 141: IV. Finale. Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163: I. Allegro con brio
  2. Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163: II. Adagio
  3. Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163: III. Allegretto grazioso
  4. Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, B. 163: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
  5. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178: I. Adagio – Allegro molto
  6. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178: II. Largo
  7. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178: III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
  8. Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B. 178: IV. Allegro con fuoco

Disk 6

  1. Czech Suite Op. 39, B. 93: I. Preludium (Pastorale). Allegro moderato
  2. Czech Suite Op. 39, B. 93: II. Polka. Allegretto grazioso
  3. Czech Suite Op. 39, B. 93: III. Sousedská (Minuetto). Allegro giusto
  4. Czech Suite Op. 39, B. 93: IV. Romance (Romanza). Andante con moto
  5. Czech Suite Op. 39, B. 93: V. Finále (Furiant). Presto
  6. My Homeland, Op. 62, B. 125a
  7. Hussite Overture, Op. 67, B. 132
  8. In Nature’s Realm, Op. 91, B. 168
  9. Othello, Op. 93, B. 174

Disk 7

  1. Symphonic Variations, Op. 78, B. 70
  2. Carnival Overture, Op. 92, B. 169
  3. The Water Goblin in B Minor, Op. 107, B. 195
  4. The Noon Witch, Op. 108, B. 196

Disk 8

  1. The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109, B. 197
  2. The Wild Dove, Op. 110, B. 198
  3. A Hero’s Song, Op. 111, B. 199

Disk 9

  1. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: I. Furiant. Presto in C Major
  2. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: II. Dumka. Allegretto scherzando in E Minor
  3. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: III. Polka. Poco allegro in A-Flat Major
  4. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: IV. Sousedská. Tempo di minuetto in F Major
  5. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: V. Skocná. Allegro vivace in A Major
  6. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: VI. Sousedská. Allegretto scherzando in D Major
  7. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: VII. Skocná. Allegro assai
  8. Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, B. 83: VIII. Furiant. Presto in G Minor
  9. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: I. Odzemek. Molto vivace in B Major
  10. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: II. Dumka. Allegretto grazioso in E Minor
  11. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: III. Skocná. Allegro in F Major
  12. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: IV. Dumka. Allegretto grazioso in D-Flat Major
  13. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: V. Spacírka. Poco adagio in B-Flat Minor
  14. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: VI. Polonaise. Moderato, quasi minuetto in B-Flat Major
  15. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: VII. Kolo. Allegro vivace in C Major
  16. Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: VIII. Sousedská. Grazioso e lento, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di valse in A-Flat Major