by Ben Hogwood
We all love a bit of Dvořák, don’t we?
That might be a bit of a sweeping statement – and don’t worry if you haven’t heard of him! – but the 19th-century Czech composer is much loved and admired for his winning way with a melody. His symphonies, concertos, chamber music and increasingly the vocal works are all part of the main body of classical repertoire.
Yet a part of Dvořák’s work is consistently overlooked, and that is his substantial body of piano music, that is hardly ever played. Leif Ove Andsnes, in a new album for Sony Classical, is looking to put that right. This is Dvořák’s Spring Song, taken from the 13-part cycle Poetic Tone Pictures, published in 1889:
The Poetic Tone Pictures are, as Leif explains briefly here, a ‘cycle of many stories’:
Happily we will be discovering much more of this music in the next month, from Leif himself. Stay tuned!