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DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" / Symphonic Variations (Baltimore Symphony, Alsop)

Composer(s):Dvorak, Antonin
Artist(s) Alsop, Marin, Conductor • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570714
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

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.


Review By Sam Buker,,August 2008

My first thought was: What’s the least necessary “new” recording to add to classical stacks? Dvorak’s New World Symphony would be tops. But the Baltimore Symphony’s recent album just might prove a naysayer wrong…You [Marin Alsop] do have that Romantic soul that some have touted. My BSO- going in 2008 firmly convinced me that you are a rhythmic dynamo…The pacing is fantastic, lingering in all the right places. The Allegro con fuoco is as rip-roaring and triumphal as any you’ll encounter, sliding achingly into a lovely little bit of oboe and flute flitting in and out of the strings making a little airy plain of glowing sound about six minutes in. Then we kick up to brassy once again. Sun-soaked prairie religiosity turns


Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2008

The first of three Dvorak discs recorded in concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with their newly appointed Music Director, Marin Alsop. It is one of many provincial American orchestras who are questioning the ranking based on the reputation of many famous named ensembles in the States. It was a major victory in their quest for international recognition to have tempted the American-born conductor to leave the magnificent Bournemouth Symphony with whom she was building an influential career in the UK, and Naxos have wasted no time in making this series of discs recorded last June. The Symphonic Variations are not difficult on paper, but they do prove a searching test of every department of an orchestra, making it a rather brave debut choice. Some of Alsop’s spacious



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