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Dvorak: Sacred Songs

By Sakowicz; Lange; Frisee

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By Sakowicz; Lange; Frisee. By Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904). Classical. 1 listening CD. Published by Capriccio (NX.C5207).

Item Number: NX.C5207

Dvorak composed the Biblical Songs op. 99 in 1894 during his time in America (1892-95), working as artistic director and professor of composition at the New York Conservatory of Music. His 9th Symphony, appositely termed "From the New World" was to be followed by a further symphony, but Dvorak opted instead for treating the Biblical Songs, which, in their austerity, hardly allow scope for an American scent but rather are possibly reminiscent of the composer's Czech homeland. Dvorak, the Catholic, had long demonstrated his faith with numerous works of fervent piety: Stabat Mater (1876), Requiem (1890), the Mass in D major as well as the pieces for solo voice and organ, for instance, the works that can be heard on this CD - Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella and Hymnus ad laudes in festo Sanctae Trinitatis (1877-79) as well as the organ preludes and fugues of 1859 by the then 18-year-old composer.

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