Dvorák: Symphony No. 9

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"; Carnival Overture; Scherzo Capriccioso; Smetana: The Moldau

by Erich Kleiber
     
 

This all-Dvorak album in Naxos' historical series offers Erich Kleiber's majestic 1929 recording of the composer's "New World" Symphony: one of the few recordings of the period to challenge Vaclav Talich's celebrated Dvorak recordings for HMV. If not quite as idiomatic as the Talich interpretation -- thisSee more details below

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This all-Dvorak album in Naxos' historical series offers Erich Kleiber's majestic 1929 recording of the composer's "New World" Symphony: one of the few recordings of the period to challenge Vaclav Talich's celebrated Dvorak recordings for HMV. If not quite as idiomatic as the Talich interpretation -- this is a solidly Teutonic vision that draws an obvious and justifiable parallel to the symphonies of Brahms -- the performance is alive with character and energy, providing a wonderful souvenir of this diminutive giant. The lavish bonus is Emanuel Feuermann's celebrated 1928-29 recording of the Cello Concerto; after all these years, it's the most spellbinding realization of the solo part. Although the recorded sound remains fairly dim and the Berlin State Opera Orchestra under Michael Taube is barely up to the task, this recording demonstrates more clearly than any other why Feuermann, not Pablo Casals, was the great cellist of the 20th century. The combination of bravado, patrician phrasing, and flawless technique that Feuermann brought to the Concerto has never been duplicated, making us realize anew what the world lost when the cellist died during a routine operation in 1942, a few months short of what would have been his 40th birthday.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943190722
catalogNumber:
110907

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Tracks

  1. Carnival (Karneval), concert overture, B. 169 (Op. 92)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Erich Kleiber
  2. Scherzo capriccioso for orchestra, B. 131 (Op. 66)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Erich Kleiber
  3. Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem (Má Vlast No. 2), JB 1:112/2  - Bedrich Smetana  -  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  - Erich Kleiber
  4. Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World," first published as No. 5), B. 178 (Op. 95)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  - Erich Kleiber
  5. Slavonic Dance No. 1 for orchestra in C major, B. 83/1 (Op. 46/1)  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  - Erich Kleiber

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