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Prague by William Wyld (1806-1889)
Reproduced by permission of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Crown Copyright / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDH55365
Recording details: April 1997
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: February 1998
Total duration: 6 minutes 11 seconds

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Ballad in D minor, Op 15 No 1
autumn 1884; B139

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The Ballad in D minor was composed in the autumn of 1884 specifically for publication in the Christmas edition of the London Magazine of Music for that year; a number of commissions from England, both large and small, flowed as a result of Dvorák’s growing reputation abroad. Though much slighter than the Seventh Symphony, written just after it, the Ballad has something of its tragic and passionate tone; the reflective opening idea, played by the violin, also seems to look forward to the style of Janácek.

from notes by Jan Smaczny © 1998

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