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DVORÁK AND AMERICA (Deas, Pasternack, PostClassical Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez)

Composer(s):
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicChoral - SecularInstrumentalOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.559777
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
FLAC
USD 7.99
 

 
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USD 6.99
 

 


The centrepiece of this programme is the first ever recording of the Hiawatha Melodrama, a concert work for narrator and orchestra designed to show the kinship between Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha, which Dvořák said had inspired him in the symphony. It takes music from the symphony, as well as passages from the American Suite and Violin Sonatina, and fuses them with the poem, which is recited by a bass-baritone. Also included is music by Arthur Farwell, who was influenced by Dvořák, and was a proponent of Native American music. This recording thus celebrates the crosscurrent of influences between the Czech composer and American music and

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A Treasure Beheld
Review By RS150020,August 2014

This piece is discussed occasionally in literature, and in my case has been sought for a long time. This masterpiece of symphony and voice is eloquent and speaks volumes for the lover of Dvorak and/or Longfellow. In his time, Dvorak spoke of wanting to popularizing Native American melodies. However, when he was in this country, he could not apparently differentiate between Native American and African American melodies. This recording is an authentic representation of Dvorak's apparent confusion. The narration is faithful to Longfellow's poem; the instrumentation is flawless.

This is a work that should be presented in schools and treasured by everyone who appreciates the history of this land, a great composer and fantastic auditory experiences.







 

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