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Widely acclaimed for their Naxos recordings of Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 (8572112) and No. 9 ‘From the New World’ with the Symphonic Variations (8570714), Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra here present his Symphony No. 6, which pays tribute both to Dvořák’s mentor Brahms and to the rich folk music of his Bohemian homeland.
The Nocturne is an arrangement for string orchestra of the beautiful slow movement from his Fourth String Quartet.
Suggestive of a celebration of Nature, the Scherzo capriccioso is one of Dvořák’s most masterful and colourful works, with a winning principal waltz theme.
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112
I. Allegro non tanto
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
Antonin Dvorak: Nocturne in B major, Op. 40, B. 47
Nocturne in B major, Op. 40, B. 47
Antonin Dvorak: Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66, B. 131
Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66, B. 131
“From the syncopated opening to the mighty unison phrase at the end, Alsop judges the tempo of the first movement very well...In the furious Scherzo the exuberance of the Baltimore players transports you straight to a Bohemian meadow; the waltz tune in the Scherzo Capriccioso sounds equally authentic.”
19th November 2010
“[No. 6] has a lovely lilting introductory theme, a slow movement of dream-like beauty and a boisterous Scherzo based on a Czech peasant dance, the idiom of which the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra captures with winning flair...This is easily the most impressive of Alsop’s Dvorák cycle.”
“Alsop's approach to this sunniest of symphonic first movements [No. 6] is perky, well paced and appreciative of the music's many shifting perspectives. In the development section...the excellent Baltimore players bring their own quietly distinctive personalities to the various dialoguing lines...and there's plenty of energy in both the Scherzo and the finale”