Antonin Dvorák

Ballad for violin & piano in D minor, B. 139 (Op. 15/1)

    Description by James Reel

    Some musicologists have speculated that Dvorák initially intended this music -- a dark meditation entirely in the key of D minor -- as the slow movement of his Symphony No. 4, but evidence for this remains elusive. The Ballad is a brooding, deeply Slavic piece mainly adhering to slow tempos and exploring the violin's lower registers, with the piano providing only a skeletal, chordal accompaniment on the beat. Eventually, the two instruments burst into faster, more impassioned material, but this proves to be only a brief interruption; the initial, introspective rhapsody resumes, covering much the same ground as before until a haunting, almost rapturous coda finally sends the violin into its higher reaches.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2013 Supraphon SU 41382
    2011 Hyperion 55365
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93674
    2008 Audite 92566
    2005 Brilliant 92181
    2005 Supraphon 38602
    2004 Brilliant 92396
    2003 Symposium 1311
    2002 Naxos 554730
    1998 Hyperion 1693
    1995 Supraphon 1114662
    1995 Tall Poppies 056
    1993 Dorian 90171
    1993 Pearl BVA 2
    Raptoria Caam 1006
    Meridian Records 84274
    Brilliant 92396/20
    Brilliant 92181/7
    Brilliant Classics 93674/20
    Biddulph Recordings 061/62