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Antonin Dvorak: Songs

By Pavol Breslik

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By Pavol Breslik and Robert Pechanec. By Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Classical. CD. Supraphon Music Publishing #SU4215-2. Published by Supraphon Music Publishing (NX.SU4215-2).

Item Number: NX.SU4215-2

Imagine a young lad in love - that is what the piece is about! This is how Dvorak himself characterized ""The Cypresses"", a work he composed at the age of twenty-three when he fell for the young actress Josefina Cermakova (who was later to become his sister-in-law). Regardless of the fact that it is a juvenile and in many ways imperfect composition, Dvorak kept returning to it, exploiting its motives as material for his later opuses. For his ""Evening Songs"" written at a more mature stage of his professional career, he chose equally yearning verses by Czech poet Vitezslav Halek. Even the poetry of Adolf Heyduk that served as a model for the ""Gypsy Songs"" features motives of love, although in a broader sense involving the love of music, nature and freedom. The wife of the famous virtuoso Joseph Joachim took ""Songs My Mother Taught Me"" to her heart and the song later became one of Dvoraks true ""hits"" worldwide. Pavol Breslik is an outstanding tenor invited by most prominent opera houses and concert halls and besides operatic works, he focuses on song repertoire. After Schubert's ""Die Schone Mullerin"" he took a fancy to Dvorak's songs and, accompanied flawlessly by Robert Pechanec, imprinted all of his passion into the present recording.

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