Antonín Leopold Dvořák, the famous Czech composer was born on 8 September 1841. Dvořák gained worldwide recognition for many of his fine pieces of music, including the ever popular Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 ‘From the New World’, his Slavonic Dances Op. 46 & 72, a fine violin concerto and the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104.
This highly poetic and spontaneous sounding account of Op. 104 from Steven Isserlis, superbly accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the conductor Daniel Harding, is truly outstanding. The intimacy conveyed in the slow movement just has to be heard. I can think of no finer way of celebrating the great composer’s birthday.