Five essential works by Dvořák
We choose the best pieces by the Czech composing legend
Symphony No. 9, ‘New World’
Dvořák’s attempt to write a symphony using native American music and spirituals has ear-catching melodies
and evocative orchestration.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop
Dvořák originally composed his zestful tribute to the folk music of his homeland for piano duet. Such was the success of the first series that he wrote a sequel.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Mackerras
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Dvořák's most famous opera is widely known for the title character’s beautiful 'Invocation to the Moon'.
Ana María Martínez, Larissa Diadkova; Glyndebourne Chorus; LPO/Jiří Bělohlávek
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String Quartet No. 12, ‘American’
Dvořák composed string quartets during most of his career. His American Quartet took inspiration from spirituals.
Prazák Quartet Praga
Arguably the greatest of the Romantic cello concertos – an impassioned hymn to his homeland and a poignant tribute to his recently deceased sister-in-law.
Pieter Wispelwey; Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer
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Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.