The Cello Concerto by Dvořák is one of the most popular concertos ever written and one of Dvořák’s last ever works, but a strange and rather tragic, story lies behind its composition.
Renowned director Tony Palmer investigates the story behind the music in this wonderful film
Dvořák – In Love?
In the early 1980s Tony Palmer visited Prague looking for books about Dvořák, at the time Czechoslovakia’s most famous composer, surprisingly there were none.
In September 1988 he filmed a new recording of the Cello Concerto in Prague, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the great Czech maestro Václav Neumann, the soloist was Julian Lloyd-Webber, already making a reputation as one of the leading British cellists of his generation. He went on to explore how this stunning piece of music came to existence.
Dvořák – In Love? was originally a co-production with Czechoslovak Television, but when they saw the finished film and its political content, in tears they explained why it could not be shown in Communist-ruled Czechoslovakia. Two years later the Russians were finally thrown out, and this film was the very first documentary to be shown on the newly-liberated Czech television.
The relevance of what Dvořák had to say through his Cello Concerto about today, what with the annexation of Crimea and other matters, could hardly be more relevant.
Dvořák – In Love? comes to DVD for the first time July 2014.