Ludovic Morlot, conductor
As Director of the American Conservatory in New York from 1892 to 1895, Dvořák became interested in elements of African-American and Native American music, much to the astonishment of some white audiences. This interest is echoed in his New World Symphony and American Quartet but also in this American Suite, which was composed in just a few days. Its five dance movements incorporate American influence while retaining their Bohemian air. The enormous success of Slavonic Dances, based on the model of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, has never been in dispute and contributed greatly to the discovery of Czech music.