Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World’ – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (2008/2015)
DSF Stereo DSD64, 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 01:04:09 minutes | 2,53 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded live at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, USA, from 8th to 10th June, 2007 (Symphony No. 9) and on 14th, 15th and 17th June, 2007 (Symphonic Variations)
This recording by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop is the first of three discs of Dvořák symphonies taken from live performances at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The most popular of all Dvořák’s works, Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ makes an immediate appeal by virtue of a seemingly inexhaustible flow of melody and sparkling orchestration. 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.
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Coming as it does after disappointingly turgid readings of Brahms’ four symphonies with the London Philharmonic, Marin Alsop’s powerful recording of Dvorák’s Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony is a surprise. Recorded live in Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Alsop’s Ninth is robust and energetic, with muscular rhythms and stalwart tempos. Her Molto vivace Scherzo has real heft and weight and her closing Allegro con fuoco has drive and strength. Better yet, Alsop coaxes warm, characterful playing from the Baltimore musicians. The ensemble is tight and direct in the fast movements, but the playing is colorful and soulful in the slow movements. The burnished lower strings in the opening Adagio and the solemn trombones at the start of the central Largo are deeply felt and quietly affecting. Preceded by a brilliant and bumptious account of the same composer’s Symphonic Variations, this disc will add luster to both Alsop and the Baltimore’s reputation. –AllMusic Review by James Leonard
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
1. Symphonic Variations, Op. 78 22:48
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178, “From the New World”
2. I. Adagio – Allegro molto 11:53
3. II. Largo 12:00
4. III. Scherzo: Molto vivace 07:06
5. IV. Allegro con fuoco 10:57
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor