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Dvorak: Symphony no 9 "New World" / Temirkanov, St. Petersburg PO

Notes & Reviews:

After winning the prestigious All-Soviet National Conducting Competition in 1966, Yuri Temirkanov was invited by Kiril Kondrashin to tour Europe and the United States with legendary violinist David Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. The very next year, Temirkanov made his debut with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (then called the Leningrad Philharmonic) and in early 1967, was invited to join the orchestra as Assistant Conductor to Yevgeny Mravinsky. Since 1988, Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he regularly undertakes major international tours and recordings. Other positions he holds include Music Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma and Music Director Emeritus of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This new live recording features a Temirkanov favorite, Dvorák's beloved "New World" symphony.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
This is an outstanding production in every way. But after hearing this performance the first time, I wanted to hear it again immediately. Listen to the string playing in the moments leading up to the coda of IV, the elasticity in the phrasing of III, the fantastic delicacy, nuance, and shading in the opening pages of the slow movement that remind me of the Schumann performance in Iowa City. The English horn solo is played with heart-rending simplicity and expressiveness. This new recording belongs in that group, for the superb richness of the playing and the sheer rightness of the pacing.


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