Featuring pianist Igal Kesselman and the Harlem Quartet
The patronage of Brahms launched Dvořák’s career, spurring his ascent from a penniless violist in the Prague Provisional Theatre Orchestra to an internationally recognized composer. Brahms supported Dvořák’s work financially and professionally and urged him to move from Prague to the cultural center of Vienna, but Dvořák resisted his influential mentor. Exploring one of the acknowledged masterpieces of the piano quintet form, host Rob Kapilow shows how Dvořák reinterpreted the tradition of Brahms, incorporating elements of Czech folk music and popular songs to create something utterly original and new.
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