In 1886, Dvořák completed the second series of his Slavonic Dances. Eight years after the composition of his Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Dvořák’s work vastly increased in popularity and he attained significant recognition as a composer. After the immense success of Op. 46, his publisher commissioned a suite for his dances. Dvořák was reluctant, but was finally inspired to take on the task. A true tribute to the traditional music of his country, Slavonic Dances, Op. 72 consists of a diverse range of dances originating from Eastern Europe: Odzemek, Dumka, Scočná, Šparcika, Kolo, Sousedská, there’s something for everyone! Discover the magical world of Czech folklore through the music of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances.

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“Prague doesn’t let go, either of you or me. This little mother has claws,” wrote author Franz Kafka in 1902 in a letter to his friend, art historian Oskar Pollak. This is a sentiment shared by another Czech genius: Antonin Dvořák. His Slavonic Dances, Op. 72 reflects a passionate yet restless patriotic contribution. This is proved by the great musical variety of its movements, featuring Molto vivace, Allegro, Grazioso e lento…but above all the Šparcika No. 5, also paradoxically known as the walker’s dance, comprising a slow part and a fast section, with multiple variations in time signature. Listen to the best performances of Slavonic Dances, Op. 72 by Dvořák on—not to be missed!