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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "New World"; Varèse: Amériques / Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>Varèse, Edgard : Amériques, for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The latest release from the Seattle Symphony's Grammy-nominated label is a provocative coupling of two great works by European composers reflecting their response to the vibrant culture of the New World. Varèse's Amériques, written only 30 years after Dvorák's beloved New World Symphony, is a pivotal masterpiece that changed the course of music forever. In live performances of electrifying energy and recorded in stunning sound, this is a mind-bending combination of masterpieces that is not to be missed.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The Dvorak and the Varese compositions are wildly different from each other - the Dvorak highly romantic, the Varese 1920s modern. This new recording, taken from different concerts.

The Varese was recorded at a 2011 concert and it is very good. The orchestral playing is precise and Morlot seems to be in his element. The sound is much clearer, allowing the intricacies of Varese's complicated orchestration and musical construction to be heard. Ameriques has also been recorded by Maurice Abravanel (Vanguard) and Pierre Boulez (DG). The Morlot is competitive with Boulez.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Sea.



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>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington (10/02/2014-10/04/2014)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Varèse, Edgard : Amériques, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ludovic Morlot
  • Notes: S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington (09/29/2011/10/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1918-1921