Started by Dungeon Master, February 15, 2013, 09:13:11 PM
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Quote from: André on September 22, 2019, 10:45:16 AMIt's a marvelous work indeed, Dvorak proudly hitting his stride. One of the only two symphonies by Dvorak I've heard in concert (the other being no 7).
Quote from: André on September 22, 2019, 10:48:33 AMNot advertised on the cover is the inclusion of the lovely Serenade for strings, separating the two main items on offer. A very nice, intelligent programmatic touch.
Quote from: André on September 22, 2019, 04:11:30 PMRecorded in 1985 and issued by Koch Schwann, later licensed to DGG. This is the orchestral arrangement by Fritz Stiedry (1883-1969), a protégé of Gustav Mahler. Participated in the premieres of Schonberg's Die Glückliche Hand. Director of the Berlin Opera, emigrated to the USSR in 1933, where he premiered Shostakovich's first piano concerto with the composer as soloist. Emigrated to the US, where his career at the Lyric Opera and the Met lasted from 1940 to 1958. The orchestra is treated very transparently, indeed the results are luminous. 6 of the 20 canons are played by a keyboard duo. I haven't been able to find if this was part of Stiedry's original concept or if it was that of the conductor Hans Zender, a conductor usually heard in modern music (Rihm, Dallapiccola, Webern, Feldman and his own compositions).I found the result very satisfying. I am usually bored before the halfway mark in this work, but not here.
Quote from: JBS on September 22, 2019, 07:08:45 PMBah! Amazon refuses to show anything other the original Koch Schwann issues. Do either of you have a listing for this DG issue? I am not keen on paying approximately $20 for a used CD sight unseen...
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