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Dvorák: Sacred Works & Cantatas / Czech PO; Prague SO; Ivan Moravec; Wolfgang Sawallisch et al. [8 CDs]

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Stabat Mater, Op. 58/B 71
>Dvorak, Antonin : Te Deum for soprano, bass, chorus & orchestra, B. 176 (Op. 103) (once listed as Opp. 93 & 98)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Mass for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major, B.175 (Op. 86)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs for Solo Voice and Orchestra, Op. 99 (B 189, 1895)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Requiem for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 165 (Op. 89)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Psalm 149 for chorus & orchestra, B. 154 (Op. 79)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Heirs of the White Mountain (Dedicové bilé hory), hymn for chorus & orchestra, B. 27/B. 102/B. 134 (
>Dvorak, Antonin : Saint Ludmilla, oratorio for solists, chrous & orchestra, B. 144 (Op. 71)
>Dvorak, Antonin : The Spectre's Bride (Svatební kosile), cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 135 (Op. 69)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Ave maris stella, for voice & organ, B. 95a (Op. 19b)
>Dvorak, Antonin : O sanctissima, for 2 voices & organ, B. 95B/B. 95Bbis (Op. 19a)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Ave Maria, for alto or baritone & organ, B. 68 (Op. 19b)
>Dvorak, Antonin : Hymn to the Most Holy Trinity (Hymnus k Nejsvetejsí Tvojici), hymn for voice & organ, B. 82
>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs (Biblické písne) (10) for voice & piano or orchestra, B. 185 (Op. 99)
>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Dad's God was not the God of Vengeance but the Creator, who sanctifies the journey through the 'valley of death' through his infinite love," is how Antonín Dvorák's sincere piety was recalled by his son Otakar. Faith in God was for Dvorák the cornerstone on which he built his own life and work, hence it comes as no surprise that a number of his seminal pieces are within the domain of sacred music, and frequently linked with a strong personal story. The first version of the oratorio Stabat Mater came into being after the death of his first-born daughter. In the wake of the triumph of its London premiere, Dvorák received more commissions from the UK, which gave rise to other paramount compositions: The Spectre's Bride, Requiem and Saint Ludmila. The instigation for Te Deum came from New York, where following the premiere of the "New World Symphony" Dvorák wrote the Biblical Songs, the apex of his oeuvre of this genre. The set also contains pieces that have been seldom performed (the cantata The Heirs of the White Mountain, Psalm 149 in the previously unreleased recording made by the conductor Václav Neumann, etc.). At the same time, this new collection within the Dvorák series showcases superlative artists, and the listeners will undoubtedly also be pleased by the sensitively remastered sound of the recordings. These gems from the Supraphon archive definitely deserve exceptional care. Spiritual Dvorák - paramount works masterfully performed, with a carefully remastered sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Domovina Studio (01/04/1973); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (01/04/1973); Rudolfinum, Prague (01/04/1973); Domovina Studio (01/05/1967-01/11/1967); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (01/05/1967-01/11/1967); Rudolfinum, Prague (01/05/1967-01/11/1967); Domovina Studio (01/10/1983/01/11/1983); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (01/10/1983/01/11/1983); Rudolfinum, Prague (01/10/1983/01/11/1983); Domovina Studio (03/11/1970/03/12/1970); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (03/11/1970/03/12/1970); Rudolfinum, Prague (03/11/1970/03/12/1970); Domovina Studio (03/26/1997/03/27/1997); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (03/26/1997/03/27/1997); Rudolfinum, Prague (03/26/1997/03/27/1997); Domovina Studio (04/04/1970/04/06/1970); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (04/04/1970/04/06/1970); Rudolfinum, Prague (04/04/1970/04/06/1970); Domovina Studio (06/12/1984-06/16/1984); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (06/12/1984-06/16/1984); Rudolfinum, Prague (06/12/1984-06/16/1984); Domovina Studio (06/17/1991); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (06/17/1991); Rudolfinum, Prague (06/17/1991); Domovina Studio (10/31/1963-11/09/1963); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (10/31/1963-11/09/1963); Rudolfinum, Prague (10/31/1963-11/09/1963); Domovina Studio (11/06/1969-11/10/1969); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (11/06/1969-11/10/1969); Rudolfinum, Prague (11/06/1969-11/10/1969); Domovina Studio (11/29/1995); Prague at the Soukenická Prayer Hall of the Czech Breth (11/29/1995); Rudolfinum, Prague (11/29/1995).



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>Dvorak, Antonin : Stabat Mater, Op. 58/B 71
  • Performers: Peter Mikulás (Bass); John Uhlenhopp (Tenor); Eva Urbanova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (03/26/1997/03/27/1997)
  • Running Time: 77 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Te Deum for soprano, bass, chorus & orchestra, B. 176 (Op. 103) (once listed as Opp. 93 & 98)
  • Performers: Gianni Maffeo (Baritone); María Olivares
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (03/11/1970/03/12/1970)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Mass for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra in D major, B.175 (Op. 86)
  • Performers: Dalibor Jedlicka (Bass); Oldrich Lindauer (Tenor); Marcela Machotkova (Soprano); Jaroslav Tvrzsky (Organ)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (11/06/1969-11/10/1969)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs for Solo Voice and Orchestra, Op. 99 (B 189, 1895) :: Oblak a mrákota
  • Performer: Jindrich Jindrak (Voice)
  • Conductor: Zdenek KoÜler
  • Ensemble: Prague Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (04/04/1970/04/06/1970)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs for Solo Voice and Orchestra, Op. 99 (B 189, 1895) :: Skryse má a pavéza má Ty jsi
  • Performer: Jindrich Jindrak (Voice)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (04/04/1970/04/06/1970)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs for Solo Voice and Orchestra, Op. 99 (B 189, 1895) :: Slys, ó Boze! Slys modlitbu mou
  • Performer: Jindrich Jindrak (Voice)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (04/04/1970/04/06/1970)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs for Solo Voice and Orchestra, Op. 99 (B 189, 1895) :: Hospodin jest muj pastyr
  • Performer: Jindrich Jindrak (Voice)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (04/04/1970/04/06/1970)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs for Solo Voice and Orchestra, Op. 99 (B 189, 1895) :: Boze! Písen novou zpívati budu
  • Performer: Jindrich Jindrak (Voice)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (04/04/1970/04/06/1970)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Dvorak, Antonin : Requiem for vocal soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 165 (Op. 89)
  • Performers: Gabriela Benackova (Voice); Thomas Moser (Tenor); Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (06/12/1984-06/16/1984)
  • Running Time: 98 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Dvorak, Antonin : Psalm 149 for chorus & orchestra, B. 154 (Op. 79)
  • Conductor: Václav Neumann
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (01/10/1983/01/11/1983)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?07/1887

>Dvorak, Antonin : Heirs of the White Mountain (Dedicové bilé hory), hymn for chorus & orchestra, B. 27/B. 102/B. 134 (
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Running Time: 18 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 06/03/1873

>Dvorak, Antonin : Saint Ludmilla, oratorio for solists, chrous & orchestra, B. 144 (Op. 71)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Smetacek
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (10/31/1963-11/09/1963)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Dvorak, Antonin : The Spectre's Bride (Svatební kosile), cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, B. 135 (Op. 69)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Dvorak, Antonin : Ave maris stella, for voice & organ, B. 95a (Op. 19b)
  • Performers: Josef Ksica (Organ); Richard Novak (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/04/1879

>Dvorak, Antonin : O sanctissima, for 2 voices & organ, B. 95B/B. 95Bbis (Op. 19a)
  • Performers: Josef Ksica (Organ); Richard Novak (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: Composition written: 09/06/1879-05/28/1890.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dvorak, Antonin : Ave Maria, for alto or baritone & organ, B. 68 (Op. 19b)
  • Performer: Josef Ksica (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/04/1877

>Dvorak, Antonin : Hymn to the Most Holy Trinity (Hymnus k Nejsvetejsí Tvojici), hymn for voice & organ, B. 82
  • Performer: Josef Ksica (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/14/1878

>Dvorak, Antonin : Biblical Songs (Biblické písne) (10) for voice & piano or orchestra, B. 185 (Op. 99)
  • Performer: Ivan Moravec (Piano)
  • Notes: Domovina Studio (01/05/1967-01/11/1967)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
  • Period Time: Modern