5 Great Conductors on Dvorak The Water Goblin

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English: Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Theodore Kuchar, conductor
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Dvořák The Water Goblin Op. 107 (Vodnik)

1. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
2-3. Rafael Kubelik, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
4-5. Antoni Wit, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice) Jenõ Jandó, piano.
6. Theodore Kuchar, Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra

7. Neeme Järvi, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The source of inspiration for The Water Goblin was a poem found in a collection published by Karel Jaromír Erben under the title Kytice; while Dvořák composed six symphonic poems, four of these were inspired by works of poetry found in that collection.
It is scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 2 tubas, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tam-tam, bells and strings.

The work had its full public premiere in London on 14 November 1896. It had received a semi-public performance on 1 June 1896 at the Prague Conservatory under Antonín Bennewitz.