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Saturday, April 28, 2018 Permalink

The Herbert-Dvorak Connection

Linking the cello concertos of Antonin Dvorak (top) and Victor Herbert


In 1894, Antonin Dvorak was teaching and conducting in New York, where he heard a concerto for cello and orchestra by one of his colleagues.   He was so impressed that he rushed backstage and told his friend, “Splendid, absolutely splendid!” 

He might well have added what Brahms would say after hearing Dvorak’s own cello concerto a year later: “Had I known that such a concerto could be written, I would have tried to compose one myself.”

And who wrote the piece that inspired Dvorak?  Victor Herbert, remembered now almost entirely for his operettas Naughty Marietta,The Red Mill, and Babes in Toyland.

In this hour, the remarkable story behind Dvorak's Cello Concerto.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Herbert - Cello Concertos Lynn Harrell, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner Decca 417 672-2 028941767226
Concertos From The New World [for Herbert Concerto No. 2] Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur Sony SK 67 173 07464671732
Dvorak - Cello Concerto Jean-Guihen Queyras, Prague Philharmonia, Jiri Belohlavek  Harmonia Mundi HMC 901867 794881782628
Secrets of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto Jan Vogler Sony 82876737162 828767371627

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