Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 & Symphonic Variations (Live)

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 & Symphonic Variations (Live)

Alsop, Marin

Editor's Choice

Dvořák resided in the USA at an exciting time in its musical history. From 1892 to 1895 he was the director of Jeanette Thurber's National Conservatory of Music, and it was during this period that most of his 9th Symphony was written. Influenced by spirituals and the folk music of indigenous Americans, it evokes the huge prairies he'd seen while travelling across the USA’s mid-western region. Subtitled 'From the New World', it's still particularly loved in the United States - Neil Armstrong even took a tape recording of it on Apollo 11's mission to the moon. Our recommendation features an Marin Alsop, inimitable American conductor presiding over some fabulously brassy American playing. read more

Album review

“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.”

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    27 June 2008


    Andrew Walton


    Leszek Maria Wojcik