Anna Netrebko Sings “Songs My Mother Taught Me” by Antonin Dvorak


Today (May 1) marks the passing of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak in 1904.  Regarded as the greatest of all Czech composers, Dvorak’s compositions are marked by its late-Romantic sensibilities, by the incorporation of traditional Bohemian folk elements, and most of all, by his uncommon melodic inspiration.  There is something moving and human about his music that touches the heart.  To remember this great composer, here is arguably his most famous song, “Songs my mother taught me”, from his Gypsy Melodies, here sung by Russian soprano Anna Netrebko with the Prague Philharmonic conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Musically, it is quite a simple song, without complicated modulations or key changes, but the beauty lies in its simplicity.  It is the kind of songs that once heard, never forgotten.
Joseph K. So

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Joseph K. So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, but his first love is music, which he studied as an undergraduate student at the State University of New York. Since seeing his first live opera – La Gioconda with Renata Tebaldi at the Met in 1967, the singing voice became his lifelong favourite instrument. In addition to his longtime contributions to La Scena Musicale and The Music Scene, he is Associate Editor of Opera Canada and a frequent contributor to Musical Toronto.

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