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, Csaba, Péter

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Cluj, Transilvania (Romania). From Hungarian origin, Péter Csaba was born in Transylvania (Rumania) and lives in Lyon (France) since 1983. Studied violin, composition and conducting in Cluj, and later in Bucharest. He has been awarded several international prizes, among them, the Paganini Prize in Italy. He holds the Chair of Orchestra at the Conservatory of Music in Lyon and is also artistic director and principal conductor of the Besançon Symphony Orchestra. He has founded two chamber orchestras: Les Solistes de Lyon and the Virtuosi di Kuhmo in Finland. Péter Csaba has travelled throughout the world as violinist and conductor, working with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber, Birmingham Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Warsaw Symphony, Radio Prague Symphony, Lyon National and Opera Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Hungary Symphony and Lisbon Metropolitan, among others. He also works with artists such as Krystian Zimerman, Pierre Fournier, Natalia Gutman, James Galway and Peter Frankl, to name but a few. His master classes enjoy great prestige. He has been artistic director of the 2000 Kuhmo Music Festival in Finland and, for many, of the Lapland Festival in Sweden. Between 1993 and 2001 Péter Csaba has also been artistic director and principal conductor of the Swedish Orchestra "Musica Vitae" with which he toured Europe and Asia developing both the orchestra and the institution achieving the best level in Scandinavia. With enormous success he was the initiator of the Swedish music festival Euro Musica in which the most brilliant young European musicians participate. Péter Csaba has made various recordings both as conductor and violinist with a very varied repertoire. His performance of Shostakovich's Symphony, Op. 10 has been acclaimed by the critics as "the best version of all the recordings produced of this work" and his CD's with works of this composer, both as conductor and violinist, have been distinguished throughout the world. Since 2002 he is the Artistic Director of the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander. Péter Csaba has been elected member of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy for his contribution to the development of the music life in Sweden and the promotion of the art of music all over the world.

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DVORÁK, Antonin

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Nelahozeves, 1841 - Prague, 1904. Dvorák was born in Nelahozeves near Prague where he spent most of his life. He studied music in Prague's Organ School at the end of the 1850s, and through the 1860s played viola in the Bohemian Provisional Theatre Orchestra which was from 1866 conducted by Bedøich Smetana. From 1892 to 1895, Dvoøák was director of the National Conservatory in New York City. The Conservatory was founded by a wealthy socialite, Jeannette Thurber, who wanted a well-known composer as director in order to lend prestige to her institution. She wrote to Dvorák, asking him to accept the position, and he agreed, providing that she were willing to meet his conditions: that talented Native American and African-American students, who could not afford the tuition, must be admitted for free. She agreed to his conditions, and he sailed to America. It was during his time as director of the Conservatory that Dvorák formed a friendship with Harry Burleigh, who became an important African-American composer. Dvorák taught Burleigh composition, and in return, Burleigh spent hours on end singing traditional American Spirituals to Dvorák. Burleigh went on to compose settings of these Spirituals which compare favorably with European classical composition. It was during his visit to the United States that he wrote his most popular work, the Symphony No.9 'From the New World'. Also while in the USA he heard a performance of a cello concerto by the composer Victor Herbert. He was so excited by the possibilities of the cello and orchestra combination displayed in this concerto that he wrote a cello concerto of his own, the Cello Concerto in B minor (1895). Since then the concerto he wrote has grown in popularity and today it is frequently performed. He also left an unfinished work, the Cello Concerto in A major (1865), which was completed and orchestrated by the German composer Günter Raphael between 1925 and 1929. Dvoøák was a colorful personality. In addition to music, there were two particular passions in his life: locomotive engines, and the breeding of pigeons. He eventually returned to Prague where he was director of the conservatoire from 1901 until his death in 1904.

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  • DVORÁK | < Orchestra

    Symphony no. 8 in G major op 88

    I. Allegro con brio

    CLASS 7430: [O.V.: English]

    Content

    Tuning - 1' 53''
    Sound quality, Phrasing - 1' 10''
    Maintaining the sound, Tuning - 2' 24''
    Tuning - 2' 39''
    Entries, Attacks - 1' 16''
  • DVORÁK | < Orchestra

    Symphony no. 8 in G major op 88

    II. Adagio

    CLASS 7430: [O.V.: English]

    Content

    Articulation, Metrical rigor or freedom - 2' 04''
    Dynamics - 1' 54''
    Interpenetration, Metrical rigor or freedom - 2' 04''
    Mixing, Tuning - 1' 55''

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