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Dvorák: Complete Concertos / Ruggiero Ricci, violin; Zara Nelsova, cello; Rudolf FirkuÜný, piano; St. Louis SO; Susskind

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
>Dvorak, Antonin : Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11/B 39
>Dvorak, Antonin : Mazurek for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 490
>Dvorak, Antonin : From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This wonderful two-disc set charts the progress of Dvorák's relationship with the concerto form over the course of his career, from the tentative but beautifully peaceful Piano Concerto of his early days to the masterwork that is the Cello Concerto, widely considered the greatest of all concertos for the instrument. This evolution was accompanied by a range of musical and personal influences: the concertos interact with Dvorák's other key pieces, such as his famous Slavonic Dances, showing snippets of his main musical preoccupations as well as his changing geographic location; and are testament to his important relationships with some of the star soloists of his day - such as the violinist Joseph Joachim or the cellist Hanu Wihan - for whom he wrote most of the concertos. Alongside Dvorák's most famous examples of the concerto form, we are also treated to less-known soloist-and-orchestra works, including the charming Romance in F minor and the dazzling Mazurek in E minor. The soloists in this collection are all veterans of their instruments who deliver exemplary performances, directed under the esteemed baton of Walter Susskind: 'In these Dvorák performances his great gifts as accompanist to elite soloistic talents is abundantly evident - he was one of the great concerto conductors of his generation - and the soloists respond in diverse ways, emotional, technical, expressive to the differing demands of the concertos.' (MusicWeb International). Other information: Booklet contains detailed notes on the music.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
The Violin and Cello Concertos, superbly played, have long been audience favourites, but the rarely-heard Piano Concerto in G minor - eloquently played by its foremost champion - is the USP.



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Works Details

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
  • Performer: Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Ensemble: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: ?08/??/1876-09/14/1876.
  • Running Time: 36 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Dvorak, Antonin : Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11/B 39
  • Performer: Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Mazurek for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 490
  • Performer: Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Dvorak, Antonin : From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68
  • Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/28/1893

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94
  • Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53
  • Performer: Ruggiero Ricci (Violin)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 29 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
  • Performer: Zara Nelsova (Cello)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 36 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto