četvrtak, 12.01.2017 06:25
Dvorák – Symphony No. 9, part II
‘From the New World’ is the title of Antonín Dvorák’s ninth and final symphony, which has proven to be his most popular. He completed the symphony in 1893 while he was serving as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America. For this piece, Dvorák was inspired by the music of America and by the Afro-American spirituals he heard there. He was convinced that the so-called ‘negro spiritual’ would lie at the basis of the future American approach to composition. The Symphony No. 9 was received with applause after each movement: the absolute peak in the career of the Czech composer. Today’s broadcast is part of a series of all nine Dvorák Symphonies, which were performed by the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of the Czech conductor Jirí Belohlávek in 2014. Belohlávek won the Czech National Conducting Competition in 1970. After this, he served as guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic for two years. Afterwards, Belohlávek was often found in Prague; moreover, he was guest conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 it was announced that he would return to the Czech Philharmonic as principal conductor, which resulted in in this string beautiful performances of Dvorák’s symphonies.