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All Star Orchestra III & IV: 'The New World and its Music' - Dvorak: Symphony no 9; Zwilich: Avanti!; 'Politics and Art' - Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 / Gerard Schwarz [DVD]

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
>Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe : Avanti!
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world's greatest music, performed by top players chosen from over 30 great American orchestras. The programs feature complete performances of popular masterpieces and world premieres of new works by leading American composers. Filmed in High-Definition with 19 cameras during a once-a-year 'summit' in New York's historic Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, the All-Star Orchestra celebrates the symphonic experience in the 21st century. Program #3 The New World and Its Music Inspired by American dreams and legends, Dvorák created some of his greatest works while living in the United States, above all the 'New World' Symphony. This program illuminates the multiple stories and influences - Native American, African-American and Czech -that Dvorák transformed in his most beloved work. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Avanti! offers a contemporary interpretation of the American archetype of 'moving on.' Program #4 Politics and Art Music has sometimes reflected, and at other times challenged repressive ideologies. Shostakovich abandoned the premiere of his challenging 4th symphony for fear of reprisals from the Stalinist government. His triumphant 5th Symphony was next, and the authorities were pleased. To this day the 5th is Shostakovich's most popular symphony. What is its message? What does 'political music' mean today?

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 114 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo 2.0



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Works Details

>Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: All Star Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe : Avanti!
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Live