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Highly impressed by the Moravian Duets, even though the set had yet to be issued, the Berlin-based publisher Fritz Simrock wrote to the young Antonín Dvorák, commissioning from him another work and outlining his idea of it's being in the fashion of Brahms's Hungarian Dances. The composer duly sketched the first series of Slavonic Dances within a few hours, and completed the version for piano four hands in three weeks. At the same time, he worked on the orchestration. In an extensive essay in the National- Zeitung in Berlin, the influential critic Louis Ehlert lauded Dvorák so keenly that he brought the then unknown Czech artist overnight fame: "I consider the Slavonic Dances a piece that will circle the world just as Brahms's Hungarian Dances have... Divine naturalness circulates in this music... Dvorák writes such cheerful and singular basslines that the heart of a true musician jumps for joy... I think how wonderful it would be to see once again emerging a musician about whom we would need to argue as little as about spring." During the first year after it's publication, selected Slavonic Dances were performed in Prague, New York, Boston, London, Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne, Bonn, Nice, Graz, Lucerne, and other cities... Dvorák's music is deeply engraved in the DNA of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, who have performed it under conductors of such renown as Jirí Belohlávek, Charles Mackerras, Václav Neumann, Tomás Netopil, etc. The new recording, made with Tomás Brauner, the orchestra's current music director, draws upon an illustrious interpretation tradition, with it's rounded and transparent sound capturing the best qualities of the exquisite Art Nouveau Smetana Hall of the Municipal House in Prague. / Slavonic Dances with the Prague Symphony Orchestra - Dvorák in good hands