Antonin Dvorák

Carnival (Karneval), concert overture, B. 169 (Op. 92)

    Description by Michael Rodman

    In many ways, the 1890s represented for Dvorák a time of creative and personal renaissance. It was during this decade that he made his first forays into the New World, the direct result of which included the production of a wealth of American-inflected chamber music as well as the composer's best-known work, the Symphony No. 9 (1893). The latter proved to be Dvorák's final essay in that form, signaling, perhaps, his increasing interest in other genres. In addition to the operatic stops and starts that occupied much of the composer's attention in the 1890s, Dvorák produced a substantial body of self-contained orchestral works in the guise of overtures and tone poems.

    The Carnival Overture, Op. 92 (1891), was the second of a group of three works by the composer collectively titled "Nature, Life, and Love." An operatic spirit -- one is struck by certain Carmen-esque flashes, for example -- informs the overture throughout, as does a prevailing ebullience and stomping, folk dance-like energy. A brief central Andantino con moto episode of sedate, almost nocturnal character is distinguished by more expansive melodies and the use of the English horn, one of Dvorák's favorite instruments, in an unusual role: sounding an ostinato accompaniment rather than the melody proper. The overture ends in a spirit similar to that in which it begins, aptly embodying the festal atmosphere suggested by its title.

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    2019 SWR Music SWR 19515CD
    2018 Deutsche Grammophon
    2018 Warner Classics
    2018 Capriccio Records C 7250
    2017 ABC Classics
    2017 NEOS NEOS 21602
    2017 Sony Classical 88985425932
    2016 BR Klassik 900145
    2016 Erato 0190295975067
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    2013 Naxos 8501702
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    2012 Chandos CHAN 24144
    2012 Klavier Records K 11190
    2011 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / RPO RPOSP 020
    2011 Altissimo 70182
    2011 Urania WS121.111
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    2010 Denon Records
    2010 Decca
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