You may know that Antonín Dvořák is a god in my musical pantheon. When I visited the motherland, I knew that I had to pay my respects to his tomb in Vyšehrad. Memory eternal!
I love both sets of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, opera 46 and 72. Online videos do not do justice to them, of course, but below you may get a foretaste of their enchantment.
Here is perhaps my favorite one, Opus 46-7, performed by the Nino Rota Orchestra in Bari.
My second favorite is probably Opus 46-1, performed here by the Vienna Philharmonic.
For an optimistic jolt, try Opus 46-5, which is so cheerful.
I find Opus 46-6 very absorbing—almost erotically Dionysian.
Opus 46-4 reminds me of Mussorgsky for some reason.
Opus 46-8 reminds me of Holst’s Planets for some other reason.
Fantastic, eh? Well, Opus 72 will have to wait until another post in the future.