Antonin Dvorák

Romance for violin & orchestra in F minor, B. 39 (Op. 11) (arr. from Andante of String Quartet No. 5)

    Description by Blair Johnston

    As is the case with the Nocturne for strings, Op. 40, Antonín Dvorák's Romance in F minor for violin and piano (alternately orchestra, both versions being authentic to the composer), Op. 11 is in fact salvaged from an aborted string quartet. Dvorák seems to have been born to write slow movements; it was the crafting of workable outer movements that took painstaking work. It comes as no surprise, then, that when he decided to disown the String Quartet in F minor, Op. 9 (1873), it was only the slow movement that he saved and revised. The result of this revision, carried out over the course of the following few years, is the Romance in F minor.

    Much of the music in the Romance is original and had no place in the abandoned string quartet movement -- it is only the principal theme, a thoroughly lovely cantabile, that is shared by both. Dvorák mines a rich vein of expression even in the piano introduction -- the ephemeral modulation to G flat major and the bell-like countermelody are especially memorable. There is a second theme that rises up as if it is lighter than the musical air around it. Throughout the piece there is plenty of fingerwork for the violinist, but even at its most bravura there is always a lyricism to it that makes one think twice before calling it virtuosic.

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    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2018
    Oehms Classics
    OC 019
    2018
    Oehms Classics
    OC 467
    2016
    Onyx
    ONYX 4160
    2016
    Ondine
    ODE 12795
    2016
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4795983
    2016
    Sony Classical
    88875183382
    2016
    Sony Classical / Sony Music Distribution
    88875183402
    2015
    Gramola
    GRAM 99022
    2015
    Warner Classics
    0825646130276
    2014
    Brilliant Classics
    97938
    2011
    DM Digital
    TXAT 128
    2011
    Fuga Libera
    FUG 588
    2011
    Supraphon
    SU4047
    2011
    PentaTone Classics
    PTC 5186500
    2011
    TGG Direct
    60208
    2010
    Decca
    420 168-2PH
    2010
    Various Artists
    Sony Music Distribution
    61877
    2010
    Decca
    2010
    Teldec
    256468103
    2009
    Sony Classical
    752307
    2009
    Supraphon
    40002
    2009
    Sony Classical Essential Classics
    88697424602
    2008
    Various Artists
    Brilliant Classics
    93674
    2008
    Various Artists
    Brilliant Classics
    93166
    2008
    Allegro Corporation
    150024
    2008
    Supraphon
    39652
    2008
    Arthaus Musik
    102135
    2008
    Rca Red Seal
    730111
    2008
    Sony Classical Essential Classics
    721741
    2007
    MSR Classics
    1175
    2007
    Apex
    2007
    Apex
    2006
    Brilliant Classics
    92141
    2005
    EMI Music Distribution
    86624
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    Decca
    000550402
    2005
    EMI Music Distribution
    35177
    2005
    Various Artists
    Brilliant
    92025
    2004
    Warner Classics
    2564615282
    2004
    Various Artists
    Brilliant
    92396
    2003
    EMI Music Distribution
    575761
    2003
    EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics
    7243562595
    2003
    Various Artists
    SPJ Music / Vox
    90120.2
    2003
    Virgin Classics
    2003
    EMI Classics
    85083
    2002
    Sony Classical
    89449
    2002
    Sony Music Distribution
    89449
    2002
    Brilliant
    99763
    2002
    Supraphon
    36682
    2002
    EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics
    7243557220
    2001
    RCA
    63752
    2000
    Delta Distribution
    14545
    2000
    Delta Distribution
    11514
    2000
    RCA
    63591
    1999
    Delta Distribution
    15818
    1999
    Carlton Classics
    6701022
    1999
    Masterpiece
    99016
    1998
    Delta Distribution
    11520
    1998
    Supraphon
    1928
    1998
    London
    460316
    1998
    Delta Distribution
    31053
    1998
    Delta Distribution
    11561
    1996
    Classico
    150
    1996
    Bayer Records
    100247
    1996
    Supraphon
    3187
    1996
    Deutsche Grammophon
    449923
    1995
    Sony Music Distribution
    67193
    1995
    Naxos
    550758
    1995
    Sony Classical
    66827
    1995
    Carlton
    00292
    1994
    RCA
    09026 61700-2
    1994
    SPJ Music
    4960
    1994
    Virgin
    59285
    1993
    Various Artists
    Laserlight
    35836
    1993
    Laserlight
    15836
    1993
    Laserlight
    14083
    1993
    IMP Classics
    1012
    1990
    Delta Distribution
    15517
    1990
    EMI Music Distribution
    747168-2
    1989
    Sony Classical
    44923
    1987
    Philips
    4201682
    Aangenaam
    1995
    RCA
    60431
    IMP Classics
    1103
    Studio Matous
    00302031
    Vox
    5015
    Panton Records
    810855
    IMP Classics
    1110
    EMI Music Distribution
    65462
    Brilliant
    92396/19
    Brilliant
    93166/3
    Brilliant
    92396/8
    Brilliant Classics
    93674/8
    Sony Music Entertainment
    61711
    Nonesuch
    79052
    Pentatone Classics
    5186353
    Discover
    920265
    Various Artists
    Time/Life Music
    14411
    Various Artists
    Stradivari
    6055
    Stradivari
    6082
    Duet
    11
    Vox
    8759