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Norrington returns to the works of Dvořak. Both he and his SWR ensemble have ample opportunity in these works to display their unflagging virtuosity. He has previously released Dvořak’s 9th Symphony with this orchestra (HAEN93251) “It is a very remarkable performance” International Record Review
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Vivace - Poco meno mosso
IV. Finale: Allegro
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163
I. Allegro con brio
III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
“in these performances, the interpretative stakes are raised by Roger Norrington's cultivation of orchestral string playing that eschews vibrato. The radically different effect will not appeal to all. While the string sound is more focused, it is also slighter and throws more emphasis onto the wind and brass, and the players of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra step up at every stage.”
“Some expected Norrington attributes (uncluttered textures, minimal vibrato, etc) help focus the bare essentials of both masterpieces, the Seventh emerging as mellow but austere, the Eighth as a breezy 'dance symphony' in all but name...Norrington definitely stacks up, and if you accept the principles that underline his approach, I wouldn't hesitate, especially as the sound quality is extremely good.”
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