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Episode 179: Dvořák's First and Final Successes
Works for voice and piano and string quartet by New York Festival of Song: James Martin, baritone and Michael Barrett, piano, sopranos Dina Kuznetsova and Julia Bullock, and Michael Barrett, piano; and Borromeo String Quartet:
- Dvořák: Bože! Bože! Píseň novou, from Biblical Songs No. 5, Při řekách babylonských, from Biblical Songs, No. 7, Zpívejte Hospodinu píseň novou, from Biblical Songs, No. 10
- Dvořák: A já ti uplynu, from Moravian Duets, Op. 32, No. 1
- Dvořák: String Quartet no. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105
We’ve heard fairly regularly from Antonin Dvořák on the podcast, but today’s program offers a unique opportunity to hear works from both the beginning and the end of his fruitful career as a composer.
First, there will be excerpts featuring the baritone James Martin, all taken from Dvořák’s Biblical Songs. These were the composer’s final set of songs, though he would go on to write operas and choral music.
Situated right in the middle of the program we have the first of Dvořák’s Moravian Duets for female voices. These duets, written fairly early in the composer’s career, were Dvořák’s entry ticket into European musical society. The duets became Dvořák’s first international publication and truly launched his career in Europe.
The duet we’ll hear is sometimes translated as “The Fugitive.” It is a playful text, telling the tale of two lovers engaged in a fanciful pursuit in which they transform from fish to doves to stars, chasing each other through the sea, sky, and heavens. We’ll hear the duet performed by sopranos Dina Kuznetsova and Julia Bullock, who appeared at the museum with the New York Festival of Song.
Then we have Dvořák’s last string quartet, number 14 in A-flat Major, and by broad consensus one of his greatest. In this work, Dvořák was able to bring together his flair for lively, Bohemian dance music, which animates the quartet’s second movement, with his sophisticated craftsmanship and gift for melody. We’ll hear the piece as performed at the museum by the Borromeo String Quartet back in 2006.
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