Antonin Dvorák

My Home (Domov muj), concert overture (arr. from Josef Kajetán Tyl, B. 125), B. 125a (Op. 62)

    Description by Brian Wise

    Dvorák's concert overture My Home (1882) is a prized rarity in the classical repertoire: a patriotic work of generally high quality. Originally intended to serve as incidental music for F.F. Samberk's play Josef Kajetán Tyl, My Home was rarely performed in this context, and it soon took on a new life as an independent concert work.

    My Home makes use of two melodies: the bucolic folk song "Na tom naem dvore" and Skroup's "Kde domov muv?," most familiar as the Czech national anthem. After a brief introduction, the folk song provides the basis for the first subject, though at a tempo more in the manner of a Slavonic dance. Skroup's theme provides the lyrical second subject.

    The work proceeds effectively in a traditional sonata form, though some commentators have suggested that the coda provides a somewhat pompous, hollow, and unsatisfying conclusion. Regardless, the work is attractively orchestrated and is a successful exemplar of music from one of the composer's most productive periods.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Chandos CHAN 20088
    2016 Pentatone / PentaTone Classics PTC 5186532
    2016 Erato 0190295975067
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95297BR
    2014 Decca
    2013 Decca 4785437
    2013 Supraphon SU 41232
    2013 Naxos 8501702
    2012 BIS BIS 1856
    2011 Brilliant Classics 93259
    2010 Decca
    2010 Decca 4782296
    2009 Supraphon 3607
    2008 EMI Music Distribution 349943-2
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93674
    2008 Brilliant Classics 93166
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2007 Berlin Classics 0185922
    2006 Virgin Classics
    2006 Brilliant 92883
    2006 Naxos 8 552139/40
    2005 Supraphon 38182
    2005 Brilliant 92297
    2004 Naxos 8501701
    2004 Brilliant 92396
    2002 Deutsche Grammophon 469366
    2001 Erato / Virgin 7243561853
    2000 Angel Records 61739
    1999 Chandos CHAN241-3
    1998 Supraphon 111926
    1997 Berlin Classics 0093112
    1996 Virgin 45127
    1995 Philips 446 530-2PM2
    1994 Supraphon 111895
    1994 Naxos 550600
    1992 Deutsche Grammophon 435074
    1992 Chandos 8510
    1991 London 430046
    1988 Telarc Distribution 80173
    Supraphon 110378
    Supraphon 1103782
    Chandos 8798/9
    Brilliant Classics 93674/38
    Brilliant 92396/38
    Brilliant 93166/8
    Supraphon 111998
    Philips Classics 432602
    Supraphon 110605
    EMI Music Distribution 094635707120