Legal name: Antonín Leopold Dvořák


Antonín Leopold Dvořák (/dˈvɔːr.ʒɑːk, -ʒæk/ d-VOR-zha(h)k; Czech: [ˈantoɲiːn ˈlɛopolt ˈdvor̝aːk]; 8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer. After Bedřich Smetana, he was the second Czech composer to achieve worldwide recognition. Following Smetana's nationalist example, Dvořák frequently employed aspects, specifically rhythms, of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. Dvořák’s own style has been described as ‘the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them’.

Dvořák displayed his musical gifts at an early age, being an apt violin student from age six. The first public performances of his works were in Prague in 1872 and, with special success, in 1873, when he was age 31. Seeking recognition beyond the Prague area, he first submitted a score of his First Symphony to a prize competition in Germany, but he did not win, and the manuscript, not returned, was lost until rediscovered many decades later. Then in 1874 he first made a submission for the Austrian State Prize for Composition, including scores of two further symphonies and other works. Brahms, unbeknownst to Dvořák, was the leading member of the jury and was highly impressed. The prize was awarded to Dvořák for 1874 and again in 1876 and in 1877, when Brahms and the prominent critic Eduard Hanslick, also a member of the jury, made themselves known to him. Brahms recommended Dvořák to his publisher, Simrock, who soon afterward commissioned what became the Slavonic Dances, Op. 46. These were highly praised by the Berlin music critic Louis Ehlert in 1878, the sheet music (of the original piano 4-hands version) had excellent sales, and Dvořák’s international reputation at last was launched.

Dvořák’s first piece of a religious nature, his setting of Stabat Mater, was premiered in Prague in 1880. It was very successfully performed in London in 1883, leading to many other performances in the United Kingdom and United States. In his career, Dvořák made nine invited visits to England, often conducting performances of his own works. His Seventh Symphony was written for London. Visiting Russia in March 1890, he conducted concerts of his own music in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. In 1891 Dvořák was appointed as a professor at the Prague Conservatory. In 1890–91, he wrote his Dumky Trio, one of his most successful chamber music pieces. In 1892, Dvořák moved to the United States and became the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. While in the United States, Dvořák wrote his two most successful orchestral works. The Symphony From the New World spread his reputation worldwide. His Cello Concerto is one of the most highly regarded of all cello concerti. Also, he wrote his American String Quartet, his most appreciated piece of chamber music. But shortfalls in payment of his salary, along with increasing recognition in Europe and an onset of homesickness, led him to leave the United States in 1895 and return to Bohemia.

Dvořák’s nine operas other than his first, Alfred, have librettos in Czech and were intended to convey Czech national spirit, as were some of his choral works. By far the most successful of the operas is Rusalka. Among his smaller works, the seventh Humoresque and the song "Songs My Mother Taught Me" are also widely performed and recorded. He has been described as "arguably the most versatile... composer of his time".

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Stabat Mater Antonín Dvořák; London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Neeme Järvi, Janice Watson, Dagmar Pecková, Peter Auty, Peter Rose 1
Jubiläumskonzert - 25 Jahre: Messe D-Dur Anton Dvorák; Kirchenchor St. Verena, Thomas Kroll 1
Symphony no. 9 in E minor, op. 95 "From the New World" Antonín Dvořák; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdeněk Košler 1

Album + Remix

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1989 The 2 Piano Quartets / Piano Quintet / Bagatelles (Julliard String Quartet, feat. piano: Rudolf Firkusny) Antonín Dvořák 2

Album + Soundtrack

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2009 Rusalka (Czech musical) Antonín Dvořák 1


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1961 op. 62: Můj Domov, závěr orchestrální předehry Antonín Dvořák; Česká filharmonie, Alois Klíma 1


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1954 Songs of Dvorak and Grieg Dvořák, Grieg; Dorothy Warenskjold, The Concert Arts Orchestra, George Greeley 5 1


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1996 Dvorak: Cello Concerto, op. 104 / Brahms: Symphony no. 3, op. 90 Dvořák, Brahms; Pierre Fournier, RTSI Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen 1
1998 David Oistrakh Edition, Volume 2: Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák Brahms, Dvořák; Давид Фёдорович Ойстрах 1
2012 String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 51 Antonín Dvořák; Musopen String Quartet 1
2012 String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179 “American”: Antonín Dvořák; Musopen String Quartet 1
Dvorak: Various works Antonín Dvořák 1
Landscape Classics Series, No. 20 Antonín Dvořák 1
Symphony No. 9 Antonín Dvořák 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Streicherserenaden Tschaikowsky, Dvořák; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1989 Requiem Antonín Dvořák; István Kertész 1
1990 The Complete Slavonic Dances Antonín Dvořák; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Farrer 1
1997 Dvořák: Quartet in F Major, 'American' - Smetana: Quartet in E minor 'From My Life' Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana; Juilliard String Quartet 1
2001 Slavonic dances Antonín Dvořák; Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer 1
2003 Grieg: Holberg Suite, op. 40 / Dvorak: Serenade for Strings, op. 22 / Elgar: Serenade for Strings, op. 20 Edvard Grieg, Antonín Dvořák, Edward Elgar; Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, Conrad van Alphen 1
2003 Symphony no. 9, "From the New World" / Serenade for Strings Dvořák; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík 1
2008 Ultimate Dvorák: The Essential Masterpieces Antonín Dvořák 1
2010 Dvorak Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33 Antonín Dvořák; Святослав Теофилович Рихтер, Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Carlos Kleiber 1
2010 The Wonderful Sounds of Wiener Philharmoniker Vol.1; Dvorak 1 Antonín Dvořák; 小澤征爾, André Previn & Wiener Philharmoniker 1
2013 Dvorak: Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Rococco Variations (Truls Mørk, M. Janssosns - Oslo Phil. Orch.) Antonín Dvořák 1
A Grande Música: Dvořák Antonín Dvořák 1
Complete Piano Works Antonín Dvořák 1
Czech Suite Antonín Dvořák 1
Dvořák: Symphony no. 9; Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 Dvořák, Saint‐Saëns 1
El Moldava / Sinfonía del nuevo Mundo Smetana / Dvořák 1
Enesco Antonín Dvořák 1
Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 4 / Dvorak: Sinfonia No. 9 (Berliner Philharmoniker & Orchestra Sinfonica Torino) Mendelssohn / Dvořák 1
Slavonic Dances / Carnival Overture Antonín Dvořák, Slovenská filharmónia 1
Symphony No.9 - Slavonic Dances Antonín Dvorák 1
The Great Composers: 35 - Dvorak Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" Antonín Dvořák 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Coll. radio classique Vol. 7 Dvorak Antonín Dvořák 1


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1995 Die Klassiksammlung 71: Dvořák: Musik aus der Neuen Welt Antonín Dvořák 2
1996 Sinfonia No. 9 "Do novo mundo" / Dança eslava (Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Anton Nanut / London Festival Orchestra feat. conductor: David Blackside) Antonín Dvořák 1
1999 Conciertos Para Chello Y Para Violín Antonín Dvořák 1
Cello Concertos Dvořák, Hindemith; Budapest Festival Orchestra, Miklós Perényi, Iván Fischer, György Lehel 1
Classic Masters: Rapsódia e Aberturas (Orquestra Filarmônica Eslovaca feat. Ladislav Pesek) Antonín Dvořák 1
Dvořák for Dummies Antonín Dvořák 1
Symphony No. 9: From the New World (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) Antonín Dvořák 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Symfonie no. 8 Antonín Dvořák; Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Carlo-Maria Giulini 1
2008 A Decade With David Antonín Dvořák; Grand Rapids Symphony, David Lockington 1
2011-07-20: BBC Proms 2011: Prom 8: Royal Albert Hall, City of Westminster, London, England, UK Antonín Dvořák / Bedřich Smetana 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Symphony n° 9 in E Minor "From the New World" (Chicago Symphony Orchestra - James Levine, Cond.) Antonín Dvořák 1

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