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Saturday, February 8, 2014 Permalink

The Love Connection

Cello player

 

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]

 

Playlist

4:00pm
4:00pm
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 BUY from The Secrets of Dvorak's Cello Concerto; composed by Dvorak
4:01pm
Dvorak: Cypresses - In Many Hearts 'Tis Still As Death BUY from Cypresses by Antonφn Dvorßk; composed by Dvorak
4:03pm
Dvorak: Cypresses - I'm Sure, and Hope Sustains Me BUY from Cypresses by Antonφn Dvorßk; composed by Dvorak
4:06pm
Dvorak: Songs (7) on One Page for voice & piano, H. 294: 6. The Virgin Mary's Dream BUY from Magdalena Kozenß - Love Songs (Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu); composed by Dvorak
4:08pm
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 BUY from Magdalena Kozenß - Love Songs (Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu); composed by Dvorak
4:11pm
Dvorak: Novy Spalicek (New Chap-Book), song cycle for voice & piano, H288: 6. The Unhappy Lover BUY from Magdalena Kozenß - Love Songs (Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu); composed by Dvorak
4:14pm
Dvorak: Cypresses - I'm Sure, and Hope Sustains Me BUY from Cypresses by Antonφn Dvorßk; composed by Dvorak
4:18pm
Dvorak: Cypresses - In Many Hearts 'Tis Still As Death BUY from Cypresses by Antonφn Dvorßk; composed by Dvorak
4:21pm
Dvorak: By the Brook BUY from Dvorak Chamber Music; composed by Dvorak
VOX 5166
4:25pm
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 BUY from The Secrets of Dvorak's Cello Concerto; composed by Dvorak
4:28pm
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 BUY from The Secrets of Dvorak's Cello Concerto; composed by Dvorak
4:29pm
Dvorak: Lasst mich allein, Op. 82/1 BUY from The Secrets of Dvorak's Cello Concerto; composed by Dvorak
4:31pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto from New Worlds of Dvorak
4:31pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto from New Worlds of Dvorak
4:32pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto from New Worlds of Dvorak
4:32pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto from New Worlds of Dvorak
4:33pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): 2. Adagio ma non troppo BUY from Dvorßk: Cello Concerto, Op. 104 / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, Op. 33; composed by Dvorak
Deutsche Grammophon 447 413-2
4:47pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): 3. Finale. Allegro moderato BUY from Dvorßk: Cello Concerto, Op. 104 / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, Op. 33; composed by Dvorak
Deutsche Grammophon 447 413-2
4:51pm
Dvorak: Cypresses BUY from Suites and Serenades by Czech Composers; composed by Dvorak
Koch 3-1628-2
4:54pm
Dvorak: Cypresses BUY from Suites and Serenades by Czech Composers; composed by Dvorak
Koch 3-1628-2
4:57pm
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): 3. Finale. Allegro moderato BUY from Dvorßk: Cello Concerto, Op. 104 / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, Op. 33; composed by Dvorak
Deutsche Grammophon 447 413-2

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