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DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 6 / Nocturne / Scherzo capriccioso (Baltimore Symphony, Alsop)

Composer(s):Dvorak, Antonin
Artist(s) Alsop, Marin, Conductor • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570995
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Widely acclaimed for their Naxos recordings of Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 (8.572112) and No. 9 ‘From the New World’ with the Symphonic Variations (8.570714), Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra here present his Symphony No. 6, which pays tribute both to Dvořák’s mentor Brahms and to the rich folk music of his Bohemian homeland. The Nocturne is an arrangement for string orchestra of the beautiful slow movement from his Fourth String Quartet. Suggestive of a celebration of Nature, the Scherzo capriccioso is one of Dvořák’s most


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Dvorak Symphony no 6 Marin Alsop
Review By EW90580,December 2010

This new CD from Naxos contains three of Dvorak's best-loved works, all performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. To attempt to put onto CDs yet another Dvorak symphonic cycle might seem to be economic folly, because these works have been so heavily recorded for the last 60 years by many major orchestras and illustrious conductors.

So, measured against this seemingly overwhelming opposition, how does the Baltimore team fare? I find these performances absolutely delightful, and hope for more recordings of Dvorak's symphonies from them. The sixth symphony is beautifully played, and Ms. Alsop treats us to glorious sounds from the orchestra, yet, it seems to me, she pays great attention to all of the nuances and details that together make this a superb more....

Heavenly Dvorak
Review By TG100224,January 2011

There are at least two distinct ways to approach Dvorak's Sixth Symphony. Treat it as a deeply serious symphonic masterpiece (as the great Czech conductors Vaclav Neumann and Rafael Kubelik did) or allow it unwind gracefully as an endless river of song (Istvan Kertesz and now Marin Alsop). Both approches have their merits.

Neumann's recording captures the Czech Philharmonic at the peak of its form. The interpretation may be subdued, but the score's brilliant colors have never come through more vividly. Kubelik had the Berlin Philharmonic, but his stodgy reading and the flat, dull DG sound take his disc completely out of the running. Kertesz has all the joy and lyricism that's missing from Kubelik, and his London Symphony sounds nearly as opulent as Neumann's intrepid more....

Review By Santiago Martín Bermúdez, Scherzo,November 2011

Review By Richard Lawrence, Classic FM,February 2011

From the syncopated opening to the mighty unison phrase at the end, Alsop judges the tempo of the first movement very well. The music rolls on like a broad river: stately, unhurried, always certain of its destination. It takes up a third of the duration of the symphony, because Alsop follows Dvorák’s repeat markings. In the furious Scherzo the exuberance of the Baltimore players transports you straight to a Bohemian meadow; the waltz tune in the Scherzo Capriccioso sounds equally authentic…a fine addition to the cycle; the symphony really goes with a swing, and the fill-ups are equally well done.

Review By Bill Gowen , Daily Herald (IL),January 2011

The first recorded Dvorák symphony cycle by an American orchestra following Zdenek Macal’a cycle with the Milwaukee Symphony for Koss Classics in the early 1990s, nears the halfway mark (Symphonies Nos. 6–9 are now available) with Alsop leading idiomatic Bohemian interpretations of this music. The Sixth Symphony, recorded at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Hall, sounds great, the two “fillers” slightly less so, but this is a real treat, especially at Naxos’ bargain price.

Review By James Inverne, Gramophone,December 2010

This Dvorák series has been truly joyful and that again is the word I would use here. Rob Cowan, in his review, suggests that it is the finest entry yet. The way Alsop and her Baltimore forces ease into that contented beginning to the Sixth Symphony and just as quickly assert a sense of musical character to their playing is a sure indicator of what is to follow. An entirely satisfying, characterful account.

Review By Rob Cowan, Gramophone,December 2010

Marin Alsop’s Dvorák series continues and is in the best form to date



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