Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( 8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904 ) was one of the first Czech composers to achieve worldwide recognition. Dvořák frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia, following the Romantic-era nationalist example of his predecessor Bedřich Smetana. Dvořák's 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 31 years old.

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  • REQUIEM OP. 89 (1988)

    In 1891, when he arrived in England, he was met with a wave of approbation. The Requiem was planned to be the final highlight of the Birmingham Festival, and the organisers did not regret their assessment that Dvorák’s work would have a major impact on the audience. During the performance, Dvořák...

  • Rusalka (1986)

    "David Pountney’s landmark English National Opera staging of Dvořák’s haunting fairy tale opera left critics and audiences spellbound. The production is set in a Victorian nursery where an adolescent girl, on the brink of sensual awakening, dreams of first love. Her story is that of Rusalka the w...

  • Verbier Festival 25th Anniversary Concert: Great Pianists (2018)

    In this piano-focused portion of the 25th Anniversary Verbier Festival Concert, you will hear: B. Smetana's Sonata for 2 Pianos, J. Brahms' Souvenir de la Russie nos. 2-4, J.S. Bach's Jesus bleibet meine Freude (arr. M. Pletnev), S. Rachmaninoff's Romance, A. Dvorák's op. 72 Slavonic Dances no. 2...

  • Verbier Festival 25th Anniversary Concert (2018)

    To celebrate 25 years of the Verbier Festival, enjoy this extensive, star-studded program. Featuring J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 (BWV 1048), P. Sarasate & D. Sitkovetsky's "Navarra Fantasy," P. Heidrich's Happy Birthday Variations, B. Smetana's Sonata for 2 Pianos, J. Brahms' Souvenir ...

  • Rusalka (2012)

    Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák, from La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels, 2012. Directed by Stefan Herheim, conductor Willy Vanduren. Starring Myrtò Papatanasiu, Rusalka; Pavel Černoch, Prince; Annalena Persson, Foreign princess; Willard White, Vodnik; Renée Morloc, Ježibaba; Ekaterina Isachenko, YoungHee Ki...

  • The Wood Dove / Taras Bulba (1986)

    This concert, recorded live from the Smetana Hall in Prague features The Wood Dove Op. 110 by Antonín Dvořák and Taras Bulba by Leoš Janáček. Neumann conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Dvo ák Stabat Mater - Prague - 1990

    Stabat Mater, by A. Dvořák, from Vladislav Hall, 1990. Conductor Václav Neumann, starring Yvonne Kenny (soprano), Eva Randová (mezzo-soprano), Wieslav Ochman (tenor), Ján Galla (bass)