Antonin Dvorák

The Wild Dove (Holoubek), symphonic poem for orchestra, B. 198 (Op. 110)

    Description by Blair Johnston

    After composing his first three orchestral tone poems in a frenzy of activity at the opening of 1896, Antonín Dvorák took several months off to do other things before starting work on his fourth, The Wild Dove, Op. 110, in late October. The premiere of the work, which took place the following March, was conducted by a then up-and-coming Leos Janacek -- but, of course, by the late 1890s Dvorák was one of Europe's most established musicians, and Janacek's name is by no means the most prominent among those who conducted the premieres of Dvorák's five tone poems; Hans Richter, Henry Wood, and Gustav Mahler make fine podium peers!

    The Wild Dove (or, The Wood Dove), like Dvorák's first three tone poems, takes a poem by Karol Jaromír Erben as its dramatic starting point. Four musical "scenes" relate the story of a woman who poisons her husband (there is a grim funeral march) to wed another man (everything grows bright and a happy dance commences), and when she hears a gentle dove-call above her dead husband's grave, her suppressed guilt is brought to the surface and she takes her own life (an Andante in which the dove is heard in the winds and harp). Dvorák adds a musical epilogue after the sordid tale has run its course.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Erato 0190295975067
    2015 Coviello Classics COV 91512
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95297BR
    2013 Warner Classics
    2013 Warner Classics 21278
    2013 Naxos 8501702
    2012 Supraphon SU 40902
    2012 BIS BISSACD 1896
    2012 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186461
    2010 Supraphon 40122
    2010 Teldec
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2008 EMI Music Distribution 349943-2
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93674
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93166
    2007 PentaTone Classics 5186065
    2006 Arte Nova 277760
    2006 Virgin Classics
    2006 Koss 1009
    2006 Brilliant 99565
    2006 Teldec / Teldec Classics 4602212
    2006 Supraphon 38272
    2006 Andante AN2150
    2005 Brilliant 92297
    2005 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 7243558019
    2004 Warner Classics 256461530
    2004 Naxos 8501701
    2004 Brilliant 92396
    2002 DG Deutsche Grammophon 469366
    2001 Erato / Virgin 7243561853
    2000 Panton Records 811100
    1999 Chandos CHAN241-3
    1999 DG Deutsche Grammophon 463158
    1998 Supraphon 3056
    1998 Arte Nova 27776
    1998 Supraphon 119002001
    1998 Teldec 21278
    1995 DG Deutsche Grammophon 439663
    1995 Supraphon SU0199-2
    1994 Naxos 550598
    1994 Teldec 95497
    1993 Chandos 9170
    1992 DG Deutsche Grammophon 435074
    1992 Chandos 8666
    1990 Teldec 46468
    Adda 581248
    Chandos 8798/9
    Brilliant 92396/40
    Brilliant Classics 93674/40
    Brilliant 93166/10
    Brilliant 99566
    Discover 920173
    Aurophon Records 34026
    BBC Music Magazine 259