Week of August 1st
Dvorak: Violin Concerto and More
Jan Mracek, violin/Czech National Symphony
Antonin Dvorak was an expert string player. He was a violist in the Prague Theatre Orchestra for ten years and was a soloist in the premiere of Smetana’s first string quartet. But it was for the violin that Dvorak wrote some of his most memorable works, all included on this new recording. In addition to the Concerto, a staple in the violin repertory, he penned the delectable Romance in a minor, the lively Mazurek (Mazurka), and the popular Romantic Pieces, Op.75 for violin and piano. The young Czech violinist Jan Mracek is featured along with the Czech National Symphony.