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Dvorak: Complete Symphonies

Dvorak: Complete Symphonies


Dvorak:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Slavonic Dance No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 72 No. 4

Slavonic Dance No. 16 in A flat major, Op. 72 No. 8

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Slavonic Dance No. 15 in C major, Op. 72 No. 7

Slavonic Dance No. 6 in D major, Op. 46 No. 6

Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Legends, Op. 59

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Czech Suite, Op. 39

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2


Presto's David Smith talks to José Serebrier about his Dvorak cycle here.

One of the most recorded conductors of his generation, José Serebrier here completes his much lauded survey of Dvořák's symphonies, adding Nos. 1, 4 and 5 to a series of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performances that have been praised for their considerable expressivity, remarkable handling of detail and supreme orchestral balance. The works are accompanied by a variety of other concert pieces, among which are a selection of Dvořák's lively, nationalist-driven Slavonic Dances as well as the wonderfully lyrical Legends, endearing miniature tone poems which reveal the Czech composer's mastery of the shortest forms.

‘When it comes to conducting Dvořák, José Serebrier isn't afraid to get mud on his boots,’ declared Gramophone magazine of the legendary maestro. An eight-time GRAMMY winner with more than 300 releases to his discography, Serebrier has a special affinity for Slavic music. But until recently he had recorded only two symphonies by Antonín Dvořák, Nos. 8 and 9. This has been remedied with a newly recorded Complete Symphonies Cycle with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This long-awaited set on Warner Classics also features a variety of other concert pieces; among them a selection of Dvořák’s lively, nationalist-driven Slavonic Dances, as well as the wonderfully lyrical Legends, charming tone poems which reveal the Czech composer’s mastery of shorter forms.

The Dvořák project began with three individual CD releases: symphonies 7, 8 and 9, each coupled with shorter evocative tone poems and dances. The cycle has gone on to garner rave reviews: ‘Serebrier's balance of the varying instrumental tapestries is well-nigh ideal: it is impossible to imagine a finer account of the work than this... The recording quality is simply flawless.’ (Symphonies 2-3, International Record Review).

In the booklet notes, Maestro Serebrier explains that Dvořák’s Symphony No. 1 ‘The Bells of Zlonice‘ was composed for a competition in early 1865 but the score was never returned to the composer and he never heard it performed. It was re-discovered in 1923 and given its premiere in 1936. Serebrier, convinced of “some glaring harmonic errors in the last movement”, consulted with music publishers, musicologists and historians, and with the Dvořák manuscript library in Prague, before correcting these. He believes Dvořák would have done the same had he heard the work.

The conductor and composer José Serebrier was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1938 and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Antal Doráti and Pierre Monteux. The great Leopold Stokowski, who premiered Serebrier’s First Symphony and took him on as Associate Conductor at the American Symphony Orchestra, hailed his young protégé as “the greatest master of orchestral balance”. In June 2015, Serebrier performs a programme at London’s Cadogan Hall that includes a selection of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances.

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 & Legends Op.59

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 & Legends Op.59


Dvorak:

Legends, Op. 59

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88


As part of his complete survey of the Dvořák’s Symphonies the inimitable José Serebrier conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the 8th Symphony. In his incredible recording career it perhaps comes as a surprise that, while he has previously recorded Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9, this series marks his first ever recordings of Symphonies Nos. 1–7, and follows the Glazunov Symphonies and Concertos available as a box set from Warner Classics.

This is Vol. 5 of the Serebrier/Dvorak series.

“Hardly a bar goes by that hasn't been painstakingly pondered in relation to the bar that follows...Under [Serebrier's] guidance the music unfolds naturally, unselfconsciously, and in well-balanced sound....[Legends] is Serebrier's Dvorak at its best.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 2 & 3 Slavonic Dances

Dvorak: Symphony No. 2 & 3 Slavonic Dances


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Slavonic Dance No. 15 in C major, Op. 72 No. 7

Slavonic Dance No. 6 in D major, Op. 46 No. 6

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 4


This recording of Dvořák: Symphony No.2 plus Slavonic Dances from José Serebrier and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is the fourth volume in a projected series of Dvořák’s complete symphonies.

Written in a period spanning three decades, Dvořák nine symphonies had their numbering changed some fifty years after his death. The first four symphonies remained unpublished for many years, while the last five had been published during Dvořák‘s lifetime as Nos.1–5. Thus the famous No.9, “From the New World”, first appeared as No.5, and the D major, No.6, was introduced as No.1. These numbers remained in place until the middle of the last century, when the nine symphonies were at last renumbered according to their true chronology.

The Symphony No.2 in B flat major, op.4 was composed by Antonín Dvořák between August and October 1865. Dvořák sent the score to be bound, and the legend goes that he was unable to pay the binder, who thus decided not to return the score. The symphony finally had its world premiere in 1888 — its sole performance during the composer’s lifetime. It was conducted by Adolf Čech, who had previously conducted the premieres of Dvořák’s Symphonies 5 and 6.

“it’s just about the most lavishly played recording there is, with the Bournemouth Symphony in grandest form. The rich, wide strings, full and bold brass players, and overall luxury sound help confirm the symphony’s greatness.” MusicWeb International, 22nd January 2014

“Serebrier considers the Symphony 'a masterpiece'; and his admiration for it is clear in this affectionate and lovingly shaped reading with the responsive Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra...with its preface of spirited and sensitive accounts of three Slavonic Dances, this is a recommendable addition to Serebrier's impressive Dvorak series.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

“Serebrier connects with the music's excited busyness, attending to the string lines with particular affection, keeping energy levels high but never sounding aggressive or overwrought.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6

Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 10

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60


Third volume in the critically acclaimed Serebrier / Bournemouth Dvorak cycle.

“Serebrier performs both works with affection, shaping phrases caressingly and negotiating the many tempos changes with aplomb, and he gets a ready response from the excellent Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 ****

“Right from the opening bars, the Third Symphony enjoys a warm blend of instrumental sonorities...what a rich trove of loveable ideas this symphony is and anyone learning the work from this recording will certainly enjoy its sunniest side. A good CD, the Sixth possibly the best performance so far in Serebrier's evolving Dvorak symphony cycle.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2013

“In particular, Serebrier's balance of the varying instrumental tapestries is well-nigh ideal: it is impossible to imagine a finer account of the work than this...the conductor's insight as a composer brings rich rewards. The recording quality is simply flawless” International Record Review, December 2012

“Researched, attentive and level-headed, Serebrier above all lets the composer do his stuff...he and the BSO are a pretty good team - the latter not at their very best here, but still excellent in places, especially in the brass and woodwind.” MusicWeb International, 19th February 2014

“Serebrier keeps the triple time rhythms buoyant and alert [in the first movement of No. 6], never letting the textures muddy. This is seriously lovely stuff...The orchestral playing is beyond reproach – limpid wind solos and plenty of warmth in the lower string sound...This is very, very impressive.” The Arts Desk, 19th January 2013

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 7

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66


The second volume of the first complete cycle of Dvorák symphonies on Warner Classics.

Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole, 21st / 22nd September 2011 by producer and engineer Phil Rowlands

“This is a superb performance, coming from a consistently undervalued conductor and a hard-working regional orchestra. Serebrier gets the glowering opening exactly right. The dotted rhythms possess just the right kick and the orchestra’s lower strings are suitably murky but always clearly defined. And despite the gloom, the outbursts of joy are thrilling...Serebrier’s recent Dvořák New World was impressive, and this is better still.” The Arts Desk, 7th April 2012

“When it comes to conducting Dvorak, Jose Serebrier isn't afraid to get mud on his boots...he presents a strong, thick-set Dvorak Seventh, managing some skilful transitions en route, in particular the way he glides from the Scherzo's first section to its more intensly expressive Trio...The final stomps and rages, much as it should, with few mannerisms” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Czech Suite, Op. 39

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2


The start of the first complete cycle of Dvorák symphonies on Warner Classics. It follows the enormously successful complete Glazunov symphonies cycle from José Serebrier with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and complete Glazunov concertos with the Russian National Orchestra. José Serebrier has a special affinity with Slavic music including an outstanding live performance of Rachmaninov The Bells, as well as the complete symphonies and concertos of Glazunov.

Recorded at the Lighthouse, Poole, 22 & 23 June 2011 by producer & Grammy-nominated engineer, Phil Rowlands

“However often the Bournemouth Symphony, like every other orchestra, must have played the 'New World', there's no sense of routine in their response here: in the slow movement especially, their classy woodwind section delivers some beautifully poised moments. Serebrier's conducting, however, while free from point-making for point-making's sake, is on the earthbound side.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 ***

“the high point of the performance is the finale, which Serebrier gauges virtually to perfection, tracing every episode with the utmost care and yet always relating it to a wider musical context.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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