Notes & Reviews:
The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today's most respected maestros. He conducts many of the world's most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest caliber. Järvi has a special affinity with the music of Dvorák and this CD adds to his acclaimed recording of the Requiem released on the LPO label in 2009. In this wonderful live concert recording, he conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. This release presents a strong lineup of soloists from superlative soprano Janice Watson, bass Peter Rose, and tenor Peter Auty.
Given its length and the understandable prevailing sadness of the music, perhaps it's not surprising that performances are relatively rare, but as this recording...shows, it nevertheless contains moments of ravishing beauty, when it seems as if Dvorßk was remembering happier, more tranquil times. It's the suave beauty of the orchestral writing that comes across most vividly from the London Philharmonic under JSrvi.
American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is a fine performance if you accept the premise of Jarvi's pace, which is very fast. Most performances run from 80 to 90 minutes, and Jarvi, at 67 minutes, isn't even close. It's a thrilling experience, quite consistent and satisfying, but if you didn't know the words, you'd have trouble identifying this as a work springing from the saddest of texts: a bereaved Mary lamenting the death of the crucified Jesus. The chorus does an excellent job, particularly in the tough chromatic passage in 'Virgo, Virginum Praeclara', and they sound terrific in the fortissimo sections. Soloists are all acceptable, though tenor Auty strains above the staff and the women have the maximum vibrato allowed by law. And the sound from LPO's engineers is very fine - clear and exciting, with things in good balance.
Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (10/09/2010).
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Works DetailsDvorak, Antonin : Stabat Mater, Op. 58/B 71
- Performers: Dagmar Peckova (Mezzo Soprano); Peter Auty (Tenor); Janice Watson (Soprano); Peter Rose
- Conductor: Neeme Järvi
- Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra Choir
- Running Time: 60 min. 32 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Studio/Live: Live