Dvořák: Songs my Mother taught me

Fascinated with the music of his homeland former Bohemia (today Czech Republic) and its inhabitants, the composer Antonín Dvořák in 1880 created a cycle of songs, the so-called “Gypsy Songs”. Particularly famous among these is the melody of “Když mne stará matka zpívat učívala“ (“Songs my Mother taught me”). Although the original version was written for voice and piano only, many orchestral versions circulate. I especially like this record with the German-born Slovak soloist Patricia Janečková, who by the way was only 15 years old when this video was shot:

 

For the piano version starring Edita Gruberova open your ears right now:

 

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