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

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World', by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Vaclav Neumann conducts Smetana, Dvorak, Beethoven & Janacek

Vaclav Neumann conducts Smetana, Dvorak, Beethoven & Janacek


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Dvorak:

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

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Taras Bulba

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride Overture


King Records - KKC2051

(CD - 2 discs)

$36.00

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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

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

Respighi:

Pines of Rome

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


King Records - KKC2024

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

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


It has often been said that the Symphony 'From the New World' is a hymn to America and its wide open spaces. This is doubtless true, but the Ninth Symphony of this Slavonic genius is a dramatic work that seeks new worlds of sound. Written in New York at the end of the Romantic century by a composer at the height of his glory, this musical epic is the orchestral testament of Dvorak, an uprooted figure yearning for his Bohemia.

Recorded at the St Petersburg Philharmonia March 2011, this recording marks the start of a new collaboration between Mirare and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in St Petersburg itself. The new collection built around Yuri Temirkanov and his orchestra will all be recorded in the same concert hall, the Philharmonie of St Petersburg; the same concert hall where Tchaikovsky conducted the same orchestra. Future recordings will include Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2, Shostakovich Symphonies 1 & 10 and Tchaikovsky.

Mirare - MIR185

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Serenade for wind instruments

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Serenade for wind instruments


Dvorak:

Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44

London Symphony Orchestra

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

Wiener Philharmoniker


István Kertész made one of the first stereo cycles of Dvorák’s symphonies on Decca with the London Symphony Orchestra. Earlier still, in 1961, he recorded just the Ninth (‘From the New World’), with the Vienna Philharmonic – one of the tautest, most thrilling performances ever committed to disc. It is coupled here with a recording made seven years later with the LSO, and long out of the catalogue, that of the Wind Serenade. This release forms part of a survey, on Eloquence, of Kertész’s treasured Decca discography.

“This graceful performance of the New World may be a touch over-romantic for some but it has genuine depth. The wind playing in the Serenade is a constant delight.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 ***

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4804847

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Cello Concerto

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Cello Concerto


Dvorak:

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

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Mario Brunello (cello)


A recording of two of Dvorak’s most loved works together on disc – the Symphony No.9 in E minor “From the New World” and his Cello Concerto in B minor.

These two works are not often paired together on recordings. They were recorded live during the 11/12 Santa Cecilia season.

Dvorak wrote the 9th symphony following a trip to America. It is imbued with the rhythms of native American immigrant folk music cast in the language of the 19th century romantic musical language. Antonio Pappano, born in America but working in the European tradition, sees this piece in new and fresh ways because of his own heritage. This is the first time Pappano has conducted the 9th symphony, although he has admired the work for years.

This will also be a rare recording of the first edition of the Dvorak Cello Concerto, completed in 1895 - before he accepted a few of the numerous changes suggested by his cellist friend Hanuš Wihan (to whom Dvorak dedicated the work), It is far less frequently heard and, according to Dmitry Markevitch (the respected Russian concert cellist, researcher, teacher and musicologist) “much more musical”.

Dvorak wrote the concerto towards the end of his highly productive stay in America – he was in New York for his third term as the Director of the National Conservatory. He was inspired after hearing the second cello concerto by Victor Herbert - a fellow teacher at the Conservatory – 1894. Up till then Dvorák had always refused, stating that the cello was a fine orchestral instrument but totally insufficient for a solo concerto.

The concerto smacks of the anticipatory pleasures that Dvorák felt at the prospect of returning home. It opens with a large-scale and dramatically powerful Allegro, before striking a more dreamy note in the Andante and culminating in a fast and furious finale with folk-like elements from Bohemia - a compositorial greeting from the New World to Dvorák's distant homeland.

It is performed by the renowned Italian cellist Mario Brunello. He won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986 – the first Italian to ever do so, and has been catching the attention of musical authorities, including Maestro Pappano, ever since. He tours in Europe, America & Japan, appearing with leading orchestras and conductors (eg Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti and Valeri Gergiev).

“It is clear from the outset that melody is uppermost in Antonio Pappano's interpretation of the New World. The opening theme is phrased with great tenderness which makes the arrival of the louder, more dynamic material of the introduction a genuine shock. This balance of drama and lyricism makes for some compelling listening in all four movements. Where it falls down is in a slightly literal approach to development.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2013 ***

“[Brunello] plays with great spirit and no little poetry; and, if he is not the most commandingly articulate, tonally seductive or full-throated protagonist...he generates a personable rapport with Sir Antonio Pappano...it's easy to like a performance whose heart is always in the right place...The account of the New World boasts comparable virtues, being abundantly characterful, pliable and consistently involving” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“Interpretively, Pappano takes nothing for granted in the New World, phrasing with purpose, eliciting vivid, expressive colours. The slow introduction is beautiful and affecting; in the body of the first movement, Pappano infuses the music with a rhythmic buoyancy along with the customary forward drive” MusicWeb International, 10th June 2013

“Never has the New World Symphony sounded less like a jaded old warhorse than in this vital, unfailingly musical account. Not even Pappano can prevent the finale seeming a letdown, but his élan, scrupulous dynamic control and attention to detail give delight.” Sunday Times, 2nd December 2012

EMI - 9141022

(CD - 2 discs)

$23.75

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Thomas Dausgaard conducts 4 Symphonies

Thomas Dausgaard conducts 4 Symphonies


Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Dvorak:

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

Nielsen:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 (FS60) 'Sinfonia espansiva'

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82


These are four great symphonies that have all played a special role in the close collaboration between the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard. The symphonies are recorded in the beautiful Koncerthuset in Copenhagen. The Danish National Symphony Orchestra is specialized in Scandinavian repertoire.

Bonus material: In a series of interviews, Thomas Dausgaard explains his close collaboration with the orchestra, the concerts and the four great yet altogether very different masterpieces by Brahms, Dvorak, Sibelius and Nielsen.

Running Time Total: 168 minutes

Picture 16:9, HD

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo

Subtitles Bonus: English, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Italian

“Dausgaard himself is energetic, impassioned, easy to read and obviously intent on providing on providing as clear a musical picture as possible. He is also an excellent talker...But watching and listening confirms that, although he conducts from his heart, he has a strong intelligence guiding him. There aren't too many conductors around today who balance those crucial values as successfully as he does.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

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C Major - 710604

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

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


This is the first release on ABC Classics with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Tadaaki Otaka. He was the music director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales between 1987 and 1996. The orchestra is on scintillating form in this recording.

“all the basic ingredients are in place here, and Otaka directs an earnest, articulate reading that might occasionally lack the adrenaline charge you'll find elsewhere, but with the scene-stealing antics of some subsumed by a thoroughgoing understanding of the score and a desire to convey it as the composer intended, Otaka's no-nonsense, no-thrills Ninth stands handsomely on its own merits.” International Record Review, December 2012

ABC Classics - ABC4764598

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$12.50

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Rudolf Kempe conducts Dvorak & Strauss

Rudolf Kempe conducts Dvorak & Strauss


Dvorak:

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

Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 August 1975

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Royal Albert Hall, London, 27 August 1974

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


The audio recording of the Dvorˇák 9 from this Kempe DVD has been released on BBC Legends, and was a Penguin Guide Rosette Winner. In this performance of Strauss, we witness Kempe’s mastery in securing issues of ‘structure, atmosphere and emotional intensity’ (David Patmore), along with his ‘unfailing musicality’. According to the Times critic, Joan Chissell, Kempe’s performance of Heldenleben won him a ‘hero’s ovation, and rightly… Conducting without a score, Mr. Kempe gave detailed guidance to every player, yet at the same time retained the ability to stand back and view the work in perspective.’

The performance of Dvorˇák 9 a year later was described by Chissell as ‘glowing enough to make you fall in love with its familiar strains all over again’.

‘Kempe successfully avoided what seems increasingly to be a danger today: exaggeration for the sake of effect on the one hand, and stiffness as a result of seeking clinical perfection on the other. Only a chosen few, such as Kempe, can realise their intensions by re-creating and at the same time remaining true to the original’ (Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau)

Kempe’s style appealed greatly to British musicians in whom he inspired great confidence and joy.

1DVD

Sound format: LCPM mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 89’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

“Fascinating mid-'70s footage of Kempe at the Proms, caught in vintage colour. Famous for his Heldenleben, he is even more illuminating in Dvorak's New World Symphony.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 *****

“a bittersweet reminder of times when a spot could be held for 16 or even 32 bars without breaking off to see is something more diverting is happening elsewhere...the more intense love for this music comes flowing out of [Kempe's] arms, and the BBC SO wind principals respond in kind...The battle is as exciting as his studio recordings, but there's much more light than heat about direction and playing” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

ica classics Legacy - ICAD5009

(DVD Video)

$27.00

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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 'From the New World'

Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 'From the New World'


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

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


Sony Originals - 88697689582

(CD)

$12.25

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Dvorák - Symphony No. 9

Dvorák - Symphony No. 9


Dvorak:

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

Based on a melody he had composed earlier for men’s chorus, ‘I am a fiddler’, the Symphonic Variations are one of the composer’s most beautifully crafted and beguiling works

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


This recording by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop is the first of three discs of Dvorák symphonies taken from live performances at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

“The unashamed brassiness of the orchestra's sound marks it out as the work of an American ensemble, but alongside that there is plenty of subtlety to the wind-playing, not least the marvellous cor anglais in the famous slow movement, as well as the cameos given to flute and clarinet elsewhere in the work. The strings, on the other hand, bring a sheen more in keeping with the music's European roots. The recorded sound is particularly warm and welcoming, and both that and the superlative performances mean that the two promised successors to this disc - more Dvorák recorded under the same circumstances - cannot arrive soon enough.” Matthew Rye, The Telegraph, 28th June 2006 Disc of the Week

“It’s hard to understand why a work as enjoyable as the Symphonic Variations, by a composer as popular as Dvorak, should be so neglected. Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony remind us of its charms and richly inventive colours in this vivid, incisive account. They also do the symphony proud, proving that a warhorse such as the New World is hackneyed only in the minds of jaded performers and listeners.” Sunday Times, 22nd June 2008 ****

“It is rare to be able to say that a performance forces one to listen to a work anew, but this is exactly what Alsop's reading achieves. Excellently recorded and with an elegant and witty performance of the Symphonic Variations as makeweight, this is a superb issue all round.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 *****

“…a terrific reading of a firm favourite. Yet overall, Alsop's is not a histrionic reading but one full of affectionate touches… What makes this disc doubly recommendable is the superb account of the Symphonic Variations… The recording is outstanding in every way, well balanced and vivid in detail.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

“Dvorák's New World has already been recorded by almost everyone who matters! But Marin Alsop makes it very much her own, with her fine Baltimore orchestra responding with an account full of warmth, moments of high drama, and, above all, finely paced with a flowing, spontaneous feeling. One notes the delightful flute-playing, the bold, strong trombones in tuttis, and the luminous grace of the strings, immediately apparent at the affectionate opening of both first and second movements. The delicate close of the Largo, after the songful repeat of the beautifully simple and very lovely cor anglais melody, is memorable. The movement's central episodes are equally poetic, particularly the gentle clarinet theme over the murmuring bass pizzicati.
The Scherzo bursts in, and the finale has all the impetus one could want. Yet overall, Alsop's is not a histrionic reading but one full of affectionate touches, the appealing little nudge at the end of the second subject of the first movement for instance, while the closing retrospective section of the finale is particularly satisfying.
What makes this disc doubly recommendable is the superb account of the Symphonic Variations, inspired but surprisingly neglected. It is a work which after the mysterious opening Lento emolto tranquillo, which is perfectly captured here, needs to move on flexibly but with plenty of impetus, capturing the continual changes of mood and colour. The extraordinary variety of invention and scoring captivates the ear, sometimes perky, sometimes gentle (like the enchanting little repeated-note flute solo, followed immediately by gruff trombones), until it reaches its genial fugal apotheosis and the performance sweeps to its folksy, grandiloquent close. The recording is outstanding in every way, well balanced and vivid in detail.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“an account full of warmth, moments of high drama, and above all finely paced with a spontaneous forward flow...Throughout, the recording is outstanding in every way” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - July 2008

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2009

Orchestral Finalist

Naxos - 8570714

(CD)

$8.50

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