Dvorak Songs

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Dvorak Songs

Between 1874 and 1878, the young Antonín Dvořák received help from the Austrian government to compose musical works. At that time, he was a promising composer who, having been brought up in Bohemia, not only spoke German but also demonstrated a profound knowledge of the Central European musical tradition. The composer, with all this, very quickly faced reality: in the Vienna of that time what they wanted of a Czech composer was music that sounded Czech, and not German music. Of the works he wrote in those years (among those the Serenade for Strings in E Major, the piano trio in g minor and the Stabat Mater), the one that caught the publisher´s and Brahm´s attention was his song cycle, Moravian Duets. They particularly stood out if we keep in mind, as mentioned by Michael Beckerman, that to the Bohemian composer the Moravian culture was as foreign as any other. This is how history, with its selective forgetfulness, has prolonged for years the European rule has been to label Dvorak a nationalistic Czech composer and author of various worthy symphonies. That he left more than a hundred songs written, that his inspiration went far beyond Bohemian folklore and that he was one of the most prolific Opera composers of his time are irrelevant questions. Only his Rusalka was saved from this collective forgetfulness. The efforts of people like Hanslick to vindicate Europeanism and the intrinsic value of Dvořák in phrases like the one that heads up this commentary fell on dead ears. (Pep Gorgori)


Antonín Dvorak: Lieder op.82 IV.U potoka, (At the Brook)
Marta Infante, mezzo & Jorge Robaina, piano

The spanish mezzosprano studied piano, singing and viola in the conservatory from her town, Lleida and she completed a Higher Diploma in Singing at the University of Ostrava, in the Czech Republic where she sang in the National Moravian opera ensemble. She currently sings as a soloist at the main festivals and halls in Spain and she has sang with the most important symphonic orchestras in our country and she has performed with J.Ramón Encinar, Rubén Gimeno, L. Botstein, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Kees Bakels, Robert Howarth, Carlos Kalmar, Victor Pablo Pérez, Paul Daniel, etc. She had sang lieder recitals with the piano player Jorge Robaina, and she recibed a prize at the primer Palau competition in Barcelona for her Dvorák and Mahler’s interpretation. Marta Infante sings regulary in the most important european ancient music festivals and she has sang in Japan, middel eastern contries, Cuba, Chile, Salvador, México, Argentina, Brasilia among others. She has performed with Ottavio Dantone, Rinaldo Allesandrini, Enrico Onoffri, F.M.Sardelli, Richard Egarr, Giovanni Antonini, Vaclav Luks, Rinaldo Allesandrini and Paul Goodwin. She recorded for Mezzo, Spanish radio and televison, Czech Radio and Her recordings include “Alto Cantatas” by Telemann, “Tonos al Arpa” with the harpist Manuel Vilas, “Cantate Contarini” , the opera Iphigenia from Jose de Nebra, and Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans.
Born in the Canary Islands, the pianist J. Robaina completed his musical studies in Vienna obtaining maximum qualifications. After winning several national and international competitions he has performed in the most prestigious musical festivals in Spain and in very important Concert Halls around the world, such as the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Musikverein in Vienna or at the Philarmonie in Cologne and at the Carnegie Hall in New York. As a soloist, he has collaborated with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orquestra, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, the Ciudad de Oviedo Symphony Orchestra, the Córdoba Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the RTVE Orchestra, the Polish RTV Orchestra, the Murcia Orchestra, the Hungarian Chamber Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Mozat Orchestra amongst others. He has worked under the baton of conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Victor P. Pérez, A. Witt, Odón Alonso, M.H. Silva, A. Ramírez Iborra, Max Valdés, Ros Marbá and A. Leaper. He has been awarded by “Ritmo” magazine for his piano recording of “Guridi y el Padre Donostia” in 1986. He was the first pianist to record the Concert for piano and Orchestra by J.J Falcón Sanabria with the Hungarian Chamber Symphony Orchestra, “Nostálgico” by C.Bernaola and Concert for two pianos and Grand Orchestra by A. Martin Pompey together with the RTVE Orchestra. He is currently Professor of vocal repertoire at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and regularly gives masterclasses in the same speciality in Spain and the United States.

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