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

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Sibelius: Finlandia

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 & Sibelius: Finlandia


Dvorak:

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

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26


Chineke! Orchestra, Kevin John Edusei

Signum are proud to present the debut recording from the Chineke! Orchestra, in a new live orchestral recording from The Royal Festival Hall, London. Drawn from exceptional musicians from across the continent, the orchestra is part of the Chineke! Foundation – a non-profit organisation that provides career opportunities to young Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Their motto is ‘Championing Change and Celebrating Diversity in Classical Music.The orchestra is the brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, who describes the project’s aim as being “... to create a space where BME musicians can walk on stage and know that they belong, in every sense of the word. If even one BME child feels that their colour is getting in the way of their musical ambitions, then I hope to inspire them, give them a platform, and show them that music, of whatever kind, is for all people.”In this first relesase in a new series, Chineke! orchestra perform two beguiling works – Sibelius’s Finlandia and Dvořák’s much loved Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’. Both pieces encompass different aspects of BME influences in Western Classical music: Sibelius’s Finlandia embodied a national sentiment in both the composer’s homeland of Finland as well as for other small nations seeking to free themselves from subjugation from other countries (becoming the national anthem of Biafra during the civil war of 1967-1970), and although underplayed by critics at the time, Dvorak’s work rings with melodies influenced by the folk music and spirituals sung to him by his African-American student and assistant, Harry Burleigh, and with rhythms and pentatonic sections inspired by the music of the Sioux Indians, all wrapped up in the format of a Western Classical symphony.

“Although the ensemble sound is still taking shape (these things take years to percolate) what is missing in depth and burnish is compensated for in care and dynamism, in the lissom quality of quiet passages, in the tasteful restraint that keeps Finlandia unsentimental and gives the Dvořák a taut, explosive energy.” The Guardian, 6th July 2017 ****

“two old favourites are performed with real fire and finesse by Chineke! on a recording that is a little dry and boxy, but captures the impact of the playing...there’s a ferocious growl to the brass sound and some silky string timbres to enjoy.” The Times, 7th July 2017 ***

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'New World'

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 'New World'


Dvorak:

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

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

Slavonic Dance No. 5 in A major, Op. 46 No. 5


Dvorak’s New World Symphony is counted among the most successful and distinctive symphonies ever written and it loses none of its drama or appeal on repeated playing. Inspired by American spirituals and Henry Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, this infectiously tuneful work with its brilliantly colourful orchestration and rhythmic verve has its creative wellspring in Dvorak’s own homesickness. It was condescendingly described by his critics as a “Czech composer’s impression of the country” but its qualities were never in doubt and its inventiveness and warmth radiate from every page. From beautiful, wistful melodies, to unfettered exuberance and glorious, sustained climaxes, this extraordinary symphony has it all.

Dvorak’s evergreen Slavonic Dances Op. 46 (of which two are heard in this recording) are equally popular with audiences. Responsible for establishing Dvorak’s international reputation, these utterly charming pieces overflow with appealing melodies and catchy rhythms, their freshness and simplicity concealing their artful construction.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada is one of the most sought after conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Houston Symphony and Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, he is also Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been widely praised for his style and command, Die Presse remarking “The orchestra was on top form, displaying precision and clarity in equal measure … packed with drama and finely balanced under Andrés Orozco-Estrada’s direction.” (August 2016)

This is Orozco-Estrada’s fifth recording for PENTATONE. His earlier discs of Dvořák symphonies were described as “Vivid and colourful, overall well balanced” (Pizzicato) “an interpretation full of theatricality, with a sure sense of the monumental” (Gramophone).

Future releases from PENTATONE with Orozco-Estrada in 2017 include Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Houston Symphony, and Richard Strauss’s opera Salome with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

“The Houston brass impresses in the finale, especially the trombones, scything through the orchestral texture, but the general impression is one of tender loving care over drama” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 & The Hero's Song

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 & The Hero's Song


Dvorak:

The Hero's Song, Op. 111

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


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Krzysztof Urbanski

Following on from his critically acclaimed Lutosławski programme, the conductor Krzysztof Urbański pursues his collaboration with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester et Alpha. The New World Symphony is a work that has always fascinated Krzysztof Urbański: ‘It was only when I studied Dvořák’s other symphonies that I came to understand the principal characteristic and strength of the Ninth: simplicity. I wanted to dig deeper, and so I examined the manuscript and parts used for the New York premiere. There I discovered things that changed my view of it, like the fact that the first four bars of the third movement shouldn’t be played on the repeat. That gives them a completely different meaning when they recur at the da capo . . . The coupling, the rare Hero’s Song, shows an entirely different side of Dvořák. The way he transforms the initial four-note motif to evoke so many varied feelings, from joy to tragedy, shows his immense compositional mastery.’

This new album will be released to coincide with the opening of the ElbPhilharmonie hall in Hamburg, where Urbański will be one of the leading figures. (from an interview with Julius Heile).

“Urbánski’s recording with the newly renamed NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra [is] packed with incident. There is great ferocity to the timpani and brass volleys in an urgent first movement…punchy brass add a keen sense of drama…Urbánski propels the Allegro con fuoco finale passionately, enabling the listener to revel in Dvorak’s miraculous weaving together of themes from earlier movements” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Jos van Immerseel conducts Dvorak & Janacek

Jos van Immerseel conducts Dvorak & Janacek


Dvorak:

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

Janacek:

Sinfonietta


Happy Birthday, Mister Jos!

Jos Van Immerseel is celebrating his 70th birthday with three important releases that will punctuate the end of the year at Alpha: a symphonic programme (Janacek, Dvorak), a chamber music programme (Schubert) and a set grouping the rereleases of his recordings of French music.

These anthologies will once again demonstrate everything the pianofortist brings to the interpretation of the symphonic and chamber repertoires. With his musicians and companions from Anima Eterna, he has created a veritable musical troupe, in turn students, orchestral players, soloists... Together, they carefully select the most appropriate instrument to interpret a given piece, prepared to wait several months if necessary for the instrument to be ready before programming it. And together, they seek the sound and style corresponding to their ideal.

The autumn of 2015 will therefore be placed under the magic of Jos's fortepiano, the original colours of the brass section in Janacek's Sinfonietta, the magnificent voices of Thomas Bauer and his schoolmates…

“Just occasionally Immerseel errs on the side of caution, which is of little account given the enormous amount of pleasure - and instruction - that this excellent coupling provides.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

“Violins play on E strings made of gut rather than steel and slap on plenty of idiomatic slides between notes, but mostly it’s the light, bright articulation and taut energy that give away the band’s baroque sensibility. Patches of scrappy violin playing come as a bit of a jolt, but the brass fanfares are terrific – boisterous but clear as a bell.” The Guardian, 8th October 2015 ***

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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


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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 ***

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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

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Une Heure, Une Vie: Dvorak

Une Heure, Une Vie: Dvorak


Dvorak:

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

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

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22: II. Tempo di valse

Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 - 1st movement

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

Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (B166) 'Dumky' - Lento maestoso - vivace

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81 - Andante con moto

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

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

Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 46 No. 2

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

Slavonic Dance No. 4 in F major, Op. 46 No. 4


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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 ***

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Talich Special Edition 13

Talich Special Edition 13


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

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


The seventy-year old Talich himself commented on this before his last recording of the “New World”: “How much youthful arrogance and pride is dissolved in the wise realization that there is no goal, but only a mere direction towards a goal; no joy in what is found, but only delight in searching; that life is no comfortable sitting in a soft armchair, but only an exhausting walk in rough terrain.”

“They are both concentrated and vivid accounts, which bring these scores wonderfully to life.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

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