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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

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>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

In these live recordings from Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Dvorak's most darkly dramatic and passionate symphony, the Seventh, is coupled with his Eighth, notable for its dramatic contrasts, Bohemian lyricism, and a seemingly spontaneous flow of thematic ideas. "It is rare to be able to say that a performance forces one to listen to a work anew, but this is exactly what Alsop's reading achieves. Excellently recorded...this is a superb issue all round" (BBC Music Magazine on Dvorak's New World Symphony, 8570714).

"Alsop's Baltimore orchestra parades a refined tonal profile that pays its own special dividends...Alsop should please both the eager newcomer...and the seasoned collector. There'll be no disappointment on either score." -Gramophone

"This splendidly recorded performance stands very high among available recordings...with Alsop both infectious and persuasively symphonic." -BBC Music Magazine

"Care for detail is apparent...[Alsop's] sense of line is at its most impressive in the way in which the slow movement is sustained and the unfolding of the joyous second theme in the finale...as a whole this splendidly recorded performance stands very high among available readings." -BBC Music Magazine *****

"Alsop's account of the extrovert Eighth...shows off the virtues of the Baltimore orchestra well" -The Guardian ***

"Marin Alsop brings to this disc of two of Dvorák's finest symphonies her customary taste and judgment. The noble opening of No 8 has just the right degree of spaciousness, the folk themes are suitably jaunty, the textures are admirably clear and her orchestra meticulously prepared." -The Telegraph ***

"The amount of felicitous detail here is more than enough to justify purchase, even if you already own one or more versions of either work...Alsop should please both the eager newcomer on the lookout for a recommendation and the seasoned collector who knows and loves the music but fancies listening between the staves." -Gramophone Magazine

"The bewitching scherzo of the seventh and the lyrical adagio and allegretto grazioso of the eighth stand out in these meticulous live recordings, Alsop drawing some wonderfully sensitive, silky playing from her Baltimore players." -The Observer

"This is immensely refreshing, unforced and engagingly natural Dvorak playing. The slow movement is very well characterized and there's a sure sense of architecture as well as some rapturous playing...It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with such fresh and natural music-making." -International Record Review

"No detail appears to be overlooked...On CD, the recording is remarkably good, but Blu-ray adds so much more, even in stereo." BBC Music Magazine****

International Record Review
This is immensely refreshing, unforced and engagingly natural Dvorak playing. The slow movement is very well characterized and there's a sure sense of architecture as well as some rapturous playing...It's hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with such fresh and natural music-making.

The Guardian
Alsop's account of the extrovert Eighth...shows off the virtues of the Baltimore orchestra well.

The Observer
The bewitching scherzo of the seventh and the lyrical adagio and allegretto grazioso of the eighth stand out in these meticulous live recordings, Alsop drawing some wonderfully sensitive, silky playing from her Baltimore players.

The Telegraph
Marin Alsop brings to this disc of two of Dvorák's finest symphonies her customary taste and judgment. The noble opening of No 8 has just the right degree of spaciousness, the folk themes are suitably jaunty, the textures are admirably clear and her orchestra meticulously prepared.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, USA.



Reviews

Another Dvorak winner from Marin Alsop and the Baltimore SO!
I feel like I need to almost be embarrassed for gushing about how much I love this disc. Marin Alsop's direction of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Dvorak's 7th and 8th Symphonies is altogether powerful and delicate, lush and tempered, brassy and smooth. The players are top notch. The recording is powerful, with a superbly wide dynamic range. This is an essential disc for any Dvorak-lover and, I think, for any lover of classical music in general.
Submitted on 05/27/11 by DanL 
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Works Details

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, USA (03/19/2009-03/22/2009)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, USA (01/10/2008-01/13/2008)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live