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In these live recordings from Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Dvorák’s most darkly dramatic and passionate symphony, the Seventh, is coupled with his Eighth, notable for its dramatic contrasts, Bohemian lyricism, and a seemingly spontaneous flow of thematic ideas.
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
“Care for detail is apparent...[Alsop's] sense of line is at its most impressive in the way in which the slow movement is sustained and the unfolding of the joyous second theme in the finale...as a whole this splendidly recorded performance stands very high among available readings.”
“The amount of felicitous detail here is more than enough to justify purchase, even if you already own one or more versions of either work...Alsop should please both the eager newcomer on the lookout for a recommendation and the seasoned collector who knows and loves the music but fancies listening between the staves.”
“This is immensely refreshing, unforced and engagingly natural Dvorak playing. The slow movement is very well characterized and there's a sure sense of architecture as well as some rapturous playing...It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with such fresh and natural music-making.”
20th May 2010
“Alsop's account of the extrovert Eighth...shows off the virtues of the Baltimore orchestra well”
18th July 2010
“The bewitching scherzo of the seventh and the lyrical adagio and allegretto grazioso of the eighth stand out in these meticulous live recordings, Alsop drawing some wonderfully sensitive, silky playing from her Baltimore players.”
13th June 2010
“Marin Alsop brings to this disc of two of Dvorák’s finest symphonies her customary taste and judgment. The noble opening of No 8 has just the right degree of spaciousness, the folk themes are suitably jaunty, the textures are admirably clear and her orchestra meticulously prepared.”
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