Antonin Dvořák - The Slavonic Soul
Lilting melodies and exhilarating dance rhythms; gentle pathos, brooding drama and robust high spirits; the spirit of rural Bohemia and the sophistication of Prague, Vienna, New York and London in the late 19th century: Antonin Dvořák’s music is unfailingly distinctive and captivating. In all his works – from the epic ‘New World’ Symphony and Cello Concerto to the irresistible Slavonic Dances, haunting ‘American’ String Quartet, quirky violin Humoresque and yearning Song to the Moon – he is a composer whose heart is open and generous, and whose love for his homeland always shines through. This box provides an illuminating and enriching survey of his works, including his complete symphonies. A number of the celebrated performers have Slavonic roots themselves; all their interpretations draw on a deep affinity with Dvořák’s inspiration and humanity.
The Bottom Line: Well knock me over with a pin! Someone over at Warner Music knows how to put together a first class Dvořák collection. You get all the symphonies and major orchestral works (including Neumann’s Telefunken recordings with the Czech Philharmonic), the concertos, an imposing selection of chamber works, songs and other vocal pieces, the Requiem, and even a few opera arias. Best of all, the selection of performances is almost uniformly beyond criticism. If you’re looking for an excellent basic Dvořák set in a box, here it is.
– ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)
Catalog Number: MOB771897
Label: Warner Classics
Composer: Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: André Previn, Armin Jordan, Carlo Maria Giulini, Christopher Warren-Green, Daniel Barenboim, José Serebrier, Libor Pesek, Libor Pešek, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Stefan Soltesz, Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Alban Berg Quartett, Artemis Quartet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Britten Quartet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chœurs et Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Domus Piano Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nash Ensemble, New Helsinki Quartet, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Trio Fontenay, Wiener Streichsextett
Performer: Alisa Weilerstein, Antje Weithaas, Barbara Hendricks, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Georges Pludermacher, Gerald Moore, Ilya Gringolts, Irmgard Seefried, Itamar Golan, Itzhak Perlman, Jacqueline Du Pré, Jean-Philippe Collard, Kyung-Wha Chung, Lars Vogt, Leonard Andrzej Mróz, Lucia Popp, Michel Béroff, Moura Lympany, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nathan Braude, Paul Tortelier, Peter Dvorský, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Polina Leschenko, Staffan Scheja, Stefania Toczyska, Teresa Żylis-Gara, Torleif Thedéen, Victoria de los Angeles, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein