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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"; Cello Concerto / Mario Brunello, cello. Pappano

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics presents a new recording of two of Dvorak's best loved works together on disc - the Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World" and his Cello Concerto in B minor. These two works are not often paired together on recordings. Dvorak wrote the 9th symphony following a trip to America. It is imbued with the rhythms of Native American immigrant folk music cast in the language of the 19th century romantic musical language. Antonio Pappano, born in America but working in the European tradition, sees this piece in new and fresh ways because of his own heritage. This is the first time Pappano has conducted the 9th symphony, although he has admired the work for years. This will also be a rare recording of the first edition of the Dvorak Cello Concerto, performed by renowned Italian cellist Mario Brunello It is a far less frequently heard version and, according to Dmitry Markevitch (the respected Russian concert cellist, researcher, teacher and musicologist) "much more musical." Antonio Pappano is Music Director of both the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has been invigorated in recent years under the music directorship of Antonio Pappano. Named one of the leading orchestras in the world by Classic FM Magazine in 2010, the Orchestra and Pappano have performed at the Salzburg Festival and at the BBC Proms, among others.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
[Brunello] plays with great spirit and no little poetry; and, if he is not the most commandingly articulate, tonally seductive or full-throated protagonist...he generates a personable rapport with Sir Antonio Pappano...it's easy to like a performance whose heart is always in the right place...The account of the New World boasts comparable virtues, being abundantly characterful, pliable and consistently involving.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
It is clear from the outset that melody is uppermost in Antonio Pappano's interpretation of the New World. The opening theme is phrased with great tenderness which makes the arrival of the louder, more dynamic material of the introduction a genuine shock. This balance of drama and lyricism makes for some compelling listening in all four movements. Where it falls down is in a slightly literal approach to development.

Sunday Times, 2nd December 2012
Never has the New World Symphony sounded less like a jaded old warhorse than in this vital, unfailingly musical account. Not even Pappano can prevent the finale seeming a letdown, but his élan, scrupulous dynamic control and attention to detail give delight.

MusicWeb International, 10th June 2013
Interpretively, Pappano takes nothing for granted in the New World, phrasing with purpose, eliciting vivid, expressive colours. The slow introduction is beautiful and affecting; in the body of the first movement, Pappano infuses the music with a rhythmic buoyancy along with the customary forward drive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Stanta Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rom.


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Works Details

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
  • Notes: Sala Stanta Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (11/26/2011-11/28/2011)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191
  • Performer: Mario Brunello (Cello)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Sala Stanta Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (2012-01-21&2012-01-23&2012-)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live