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The Love Connection


Tucked into Antonin Dvorak's great Cello Concerto is a tune written 30 years earlier --one of many songs he composed in his youth for the first real love of his life.

And while that love was not to be, he continued to re-shape and re-work those early songs—including a final farewell in the Concerto, prompted by the woman’s death -- who by then was his sister-in-law.

In this hour, the story behind this and other music by the composer, reflecting the comments by Michael Beckerman in his book, New Worlds of Dvorak:

“Dvorak lived in a world where unresolved and hidden things flit like moths on a summer evening. While some of these create torment and anxiety, they also, not incidentally, can make life somehow bearable. Dvorak’s music is filled with such things, and thus part of coming to a deeper understanding of his music is a belief in the importance of these secrets, of listening to his music as if it is filled with them, even if they cannot—and perhaps should not—be known.”

 

Recordings Used                                                          

Dvorak Cello Concerto     Deutsche Grammophon DGG 447 413-2

Secrets of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto      Sony 82876737162

Cypresses by Antonin Dvorak     Somm SOMMCD 236

Love Songs (Kozena, soprano)     Deutsche Grammophon DGG 463 472-2

Dvorak Chamber Music      Vox CDX 5166

Suites and Serenades by Czech Composers   Koch 3-1628-2

New Worlds of Dvorak      W.W. Norton & Co. recording accompanying book [ISBN 0-393-04706-7]

 

 
Saturday, February 08, 2014

Play List

4:00p
4:00p
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 ; Label: Sony Classical FindBUY
4:01p
Dvorak: Cypresses - In Many Hearts 'Tis Still As Death ; Label: Somm Recordings FindBUY
4:03p
Dvorak: Cypresses - I'm Sure, and Hope Sustains Me ; Label: Somm Recordings FindBUY
4:06p
Dvorak: Songs (7) on One Page for voice & piano, H. 294: 6. The Virgin Mary's Dream ; Label: Dg Imports FindBUY
4:08p
Dvorak: Love Songs (Pisne milostme) (8) for voice & piano, B. 160 (Op. 83) (revision of Cypresses, B. 11): 7. In the sweet power of your eyes ; Label: Dg Imports FindBUY
4:11p
Dvorak: Novy Spalicek (New Chap-Book), song cycle for voice & piano, H288: 6. The Unhappy Lover ; Label: Dg Imports FindBUY
4:14p
Dvorak: Cypresses - I'm Sure, and Hope Sustains Me ; Label: Somm Recordings FindBUY
4:18p
Dvorak: Cypresses - In Many Hearts 'Tis Still As Death ; Label: Somm Recordings FindBUY
4:21p
Dvorak: By the Brook ; Label: VOX; Number: 5166 FindBUY FindBUY
4:25p
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 ; Label: Sony Classical FindBUY
4:28p
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 ; Label: Sony Classical FindBUY
4:29p
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 ; Label: Sony Classical FindBUY
4:31p
Dvorak: Cello Concerto ; Label: W W Norton
4:31p
Dvorak: Cello Concerto ; Label: W W Norton
4:32p
Dvorak: Cello Concerto ; Label: W W Norton
4:32p
Dvorak: Cello Concerto ; Label: W W Norton
4:33p
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): 2. Adagio ma non troppo ; Label: Deutsche Grammophon; Number: 447 413-2 FindBUY FindBUY
4:47p
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): 3. Finale. Allegro moderato ; Label: Deutsche Grammophon; Number: 447 413-2 FindBUY FindBUY
4:51p
Dvorak: Cypresses ; Label: Koch; Number: 3-1628-2 FindBUY
4:54p
Dvorak: Cypresses ; Label: Koch; Number: 3-1628-2 FindBUY
4:57p
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): 3. Finale. Allegro moderato ; Label: Deutsche Grammophon; Number: 447 413-2 FindBUY FindBUY

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