Dvorak Edition: The Slavonic Soul

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Dvorak Edition: The Slavonic Soul
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Lucia Popp (soprano) Jacqueline du Pré (cello) Alban Berg Quartett, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, etc

[ Warner Classics / 27 CD/DVD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 11 June 2021

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 Piano Concerto, in particular, is rarely taken up by 'star' pianists (one of the few being Richter), so it is good to have a new recording from two of the most musically inquisitive artists of our day, Aimard and his regular and inspiring partner, Harnoncourt." Editor's Choice (Gramophone Magazine) January 2004 [The Piano Concerto]

"Gorgeous … played straight but with great intensity… passion, grace and fire in equal measure. The recording is rich and detailed" MusicWeb [The Golden Spinning-wheel]

"They maintain the tension and the focus right through ... each movement soars. Few performances have communicated such pleasure in motion in the first movement as this, while the Lento has the lilt of true songfulness - the kind of thing many aspire to, but few seem able to achieve." Gramophone [The Alban Berg Quartett]

""First-class playing and expertly balanced modern recording combine to make the version by the Trio Fontenay very attractive indeed." Penguin Stereo Guide. [Trio Fontenay]

"[On the Dvorák duets] when sung so charmingly and with such good balance as they are by the Misses Schwarzkopf and Seefried these pretty pieces are completely effective." [Gramophone]

"The sheer sound of the wonderful Czech orchestra is a delight in Symphonies 2, 4, 5, and 6, as well as in the Czech suite, In Nature's Realm, Othello, and My Home." [ClassicsToday]


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, B9 'The Bells of Zlonice'
Hussite Overture, Op. 67
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 4
My Home Overture, Op. 62
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 10
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 13
Czech Suite, Op. 39
Symphony No. 5 in F major, Op. 76
Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
American Suite in A major, Op. 98a(b)
In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91
Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Othello Overture, Op. 93
(Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pešek)

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'
(Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini)

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
(Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Carlo Maria Giulini, London Philharmonic Orchestra)

Rondo in G minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 94, B. 181
(Paul Tortelier (cello) London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn)

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5
(Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Daniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
Romance in F minor, Op. 11
(Itzhak Perlman (violin), Daniel Barenboim, London Philharmonic Orchestra)

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33
(Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

The Golden Spinning-Wheel,B197 Op. 109.
The Water Goblin, Op. 107 (B195)
The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)
The Wild Dove, Op. 110 (B198)
(Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

Slavonic Rhapsodies (3), Op. 45
(Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann)

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22
(London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green)

Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
(English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras)

Nocturne in B major for strings, Op.40 (B47)
(Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner)

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8
Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8
(Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann)

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78
(London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras)

Legends, Op. 59
(Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier)

String Quartet No. 9 in D minor, Op. 34 (B.75)
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'
(Britten Quartet)

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 51 (B92)
String Quartet No. 14 in A flat major, Op. 105 (B193)
(Alban Berg Quartett)

String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106 (B192)
(Artemis Quartet)

Cypresses for string quartet, B152
(New Helsinki Quartet)

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 87
9Polina Leschenko, Ilya Gringolts, Nathan Braude, Torleif Thedéen)

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81
(Nash Ensemble)

String Sextet in A major, Op. 48
String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'
(Wiener Streichsextett)

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21 (B51)
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65 (B130)
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (B166) 'Dumky'
Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26 (B56)
(Trio Fontenay)

Bagatelles, Op. 47

Miniatures Op. 75a
(Wiener Streichsextett)

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5
(Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (piano))

Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin & Piano, Op. 75
(Kyung Wha Chung (violin), Itamar Golan (piano))

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100
(Antje Weithaas, Lars Vogt (piano))

Suite, Op. 98
Two Little Pearls, B156
(Georges Pludermacher (piano))

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7
(Dame Moura Lympany (piano))

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8
Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8
(Michel Béroff (piano), Jean-Philippe Collard (piano))

Gypsy Melodies (7), Op. 55 (B104)
(Barbara Hendricks (soprano), Staffan Scheja (piano))

Moravian Duets, Op. 32, B. 60 & B. 62
(Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Irmgard Seefried (soprano))

Four Duets, Op. 38
(Victoria de los Angeles)

Requiem, Op. 89
(Chœurs et Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Armin Jordan)

Rusalka, Op. 114
(Lucia Popp)