Antonin Dvorak stands as one of the founder of the new Czech music. His nine symphonies, presented here for the first time as a filmed cycle, show Dvorak to be a thoroughly individual and original composer whose symphonic concepts and wealth of musical expression are often surprising. The Czech Philharmonic regards Dvorak’s symphonic output as an essential part of its repertoire. All the symphonies were performed in the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague, one of Europe’s oldest and loveliest concert halls. Jin Belohlavek, Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, is considered an established authority on the Slavic music of his homeland. The cycle also features the documentation Nine Sketches of Dvorak by Barbara Willis Sweete and an introduction to each symphony by Jin Belohlavek.